The archbishop of Tarragona, Jaume Pujol, announced on Thursday his resignation after the scandals of abuse of minors, as confirmed by the archbishopric. The parish priest alleges that he presents his petition to the Vatican – who must authorize the resignation – because tomorrow, Friday, he will be 75 years old. Yesterday, Pujol downplayed the abuse in his diocese, which has been revealed in recent days, noting that they were due to a "bad time" of the rector of the parish of Arbeca and other towns in Lleida, Josep Maria Font. Pujol considered that the facts were not "so serious" as to force the secularization of the religious and completed his statements saying that "everyone can make mistakes."
Font is one of the priests whose child abuse has surfaced in recent days. Yesterday he finished his pastoral activity, which he was carrying out in Arbeca, after making public a statement in which he apologized "to all the people who may have been offended or disappointed." The day before, Pujol had section of his duties to the parish priest of Constantí (Tarragona), Francesc Xavier Morell, also allegedly involved in touching minors.
The archbishop of Tarragona had already announced last December that he would place his office at the Pope's disposal at the beginning of February, when he turned 75, the retirement age of the bishops, as stated in the Code of Canon Law. However, the presentation of the required documentation does not necessarily imply the withdrawal of their duties.