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Controversial Bishop of Chur retires

National News // By Tay Kinnear // May 21, 2019

A controversial bishop, who hit the headlines when he quoted Bible passages calling for homosexual people to be put to death, has retired after almost 12 years as the Bishop of Chur in the canton of Graubunden.

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Vitus Huonder, who’s now 77, made the inflammatory remarks about homosexuals in 2015. During his career he had also courted controversy by opposing women priests and sex education in schools, and for believing that divine rights should come before human rights. 

Bishop Huonder had said he wanted to stand down from his post two years ago but Rome rejected his resignation twice. The diocese of Chur announced yesterday that the Pope had finally accepted his resignation.

Peter Bürcher, the former bishop of Reykjavik, has been appointed as apostolic administrator in Chur. 

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