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.
The case of the Catalan bishop who declared his relationship with psychologist and writer of erotic novels. They met through shared interest in exorcism and Satanism. Typical story of boy meets girl. https://t.co/GNdk9lesDB
— Leland (@lancaster_johng) September 8, 2021
A Spanish bishop and exorcist known for his ultraconservative views has stepped down to be with his lover, a writer of erotic satanic novels https://t.co/PXt1bVi40N
— The Times (@thetimes) September 8, 2021
Pope Francis has today accepted the resignation of Mons. Xavier Novell Gomà, 52, as Bishop of Solsona, Spain. This comes after months of pressure from LGBTQ groups in Spain, after the Bishop said sodomy is a crime and that abortion is a genocide akin to the Holocaust. pic.twitter.com/Wy7sSWG2q0
— Catholic Sat (@CatholicSat) August 23, 2021