Anti-Gay Bishop Quits To Be With Satanic Erotica Writer

The BBC reports:

When Spanish bishop Xavier Novell resigned last month, the Roman Catholic Church cited strictly personal reasons without going into detail. It has now emerged in Spanish media that he fell in love with a woman who writes Satanic-tinged erotic fiction.

In 2010 at the age of 41, he became Spain’s youngest bishop, in Solsona in the north-eastern region of Catalonia. He has backed so-called conversion therapy for gay people and carried out exorcisms.

Xavier Novell was traditional in his remarks on abortion but his strident views on homosexuality and outspoken support for Catalonian independence were controversial.

The Daily Beast reports:

Novell had come under fire by some Catholic officials for some of his extreme practices, which included the support of conversion therapy and exorcisms. Religión Digital reported Tuesday that Novell underwent the procedure himself as a means to “reaffirm his heterosexuality”—all before leaving the church.