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Fired Bishop, Church Reconcile

May 13, 2000|Reuters

PARIS — French bishop Jacques Gaillot, fired by the Vatican five years ago for his liberal views, has reconciled with church authorities, church sources said Thursday.

They said Gaillot exchanged letters with the head of the bishops' conference and would attend a rally of French church leaders in Lyon on the weekend.

Pope John Paul II ousted Gaillot as bishop of Evreux, in Normandy, for promoting the use of condoms to curb AIDS and urging greater tolerance of homosexuality.

The Vatican gave Gaillot the title of bishop of Partenia, a ruined city in southern Algeria covered by the Sahara Desert since the Middle Ages.

Gaillot has become a media celebrity for his fight for greater rights for the homeless and the unemployed.

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