Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit has resigned from his position following reports of an alleged romantic relationship with a woman.
Pope Francis accepted the archbishop's request to resign, the Vatican announced on Thursday.
Aupetit, 70, explained that he had wanted to prevent a split in the diocese and a loss of confidence in the Church, adding that the attacks against his person had affected him.
A local newspaper reported that the archbishop had had a romantic relationship with a woman in 2012.
Aupetit confirmed a relationship with the woman during his time as vicar general but said it had not been romantic or sexual.
A romantic relationship would be a violation of celibacy, a vow made by all Catholic clergymen.
Aupetit had been archbishop of Paris since 2017 and was thus a high-ranking representative of the Catholic Church in France.
He studied medicine and worked as a doctor before finding his way to the Church.
Australian Associated Press