|France||SACKED BISHOP RECONCILES WITH CHURCH|
A French bishop removed from his diocese by Pope John Paul II five years ago for flouting the Church's teachings has been reconciled with the Church, sources said on Thursday.
Bishop Jacques Gaillot was removed as bishop of the Normandy diocese of Evreux in 1995 for promoting the use of condoms as an AIDS preventative and teaching acceptance of homosexuality. He was named titular bishop of Partenia, a now-nonexistent North African diocese, a move which the secular media has derided as a mocking punishment. But the Vatican regularly names non-diocesan bishops, such as auxiliary bishops and curial bishops, with the largely honorary titles.
Gaillot is expected to attend a conference of French bishops in Lyon this weekend after having exchanged letters with the head of the bishops' conference. He has spent his time since being removed promoting greater rights for the homeless and unemployed and campaigning against nuclear tests.