The Pope has retired the controversial bishop of Alcalá de Henares, Juan Antonio Reig Pla, accepting his resignation this Wednesday. Francis has appointed the auxiliary bishop of Madrid apostolic administrator of this diocese, Jesus Vidalthe Episcopal Conference reported in a statement.
Reig Plá, whose homilies have jumped into the media on numerous occasions for being presided over by the Francoist flag or for his attacks on homosexuality, presented his resignation to the Pope at the age of 75 and this has been accepted, collects the press release of the Vatican, immediately.
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From his diocese, Reig Plá has promoted “spiritual healing” courses aimed at homosexuals and in a pastoral letter he accused the Government of Pedro Sanchez of having turned Spain “into an extermination camp” after the approval of the euthanasia law. She also made headlines for publishing an article in which he compared abortion to “Auschwitz trains” and the “Holocaust.”
His substitute, Vidal, trusted person of the Cardinal of Madrid, Carlos Osoro, will continue to serve as auxiliary bishop of Madrid. This movement is interpreted as a reinforcement of Osoro’s work against a more conservative and hard-line sector that Reig Plá himself could represent.
13 years in Alcalá
Reig Plá was appointed bishop of Alcalá in March 2009. He has a degree in Theology from the Pontifical University of Salamanca (1973) and a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome (1978). He was ordained a priest in Valencia on July 8, 1971.
In February 1996 he was appointed Bishop of Segorbe-Castellón and in September 2005 his appointment as Bishop of Cartagena was made public. In the Spanish Episcopal Conference he is a member of the Episcopal Commission for the Laity, Family and Life.
Vidal, the new apostolic administrator, is 48 years old and has a degree in Economic and Business Sciences. In 2017 he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Madrid, assigning him the titular seat of Elepla, which had Seville as its metropolitan. He receives episcopal ordination on February 17, 2018. In the Spanish Episcopal Conference he has been president of the Episcopal Subcommission on Seminaries since March 2020.
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