Cipriani bows out, Castillo replaces him

26 January 2019

On 25 January, Juan Luis Cipriani bowed out as archbishop of Lima, a post he has occupied for 20 years. He is replaced by Carlos Castillo, a Lima diocesan priest.

In his parting words, Cipriani announced his “great respect for a diversity of opinions”. However, he also said that the so-called ‘ideology of gender’ (enfoque de genero) is “a cancer” and abortion is “a contemporary plague”.

The new archbishop announced his intention to meet with the victims of Sodalicio, the far-right Catholic organisation accused of perpetrating sexual crimes. He is expected to plough a very different furrow to his predecessor who noted for his highly conservative political and religious beliefs.

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