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A Spanish bishop has resigned from his dedication to God after falling in love.
But Xavier Novell didn't just find anyone, he managed to fall for a erotic novelist who dabbles in Satanic themes, according to Religión Digital
The 52-year-old left his post as Bishop of Solsona in central Catalonia last month and cited personal reasons as the motive.
He said his decision to leave came following 'a period of reflection, discernment and prayer'.
Local media reports suggest the ex-bishop has partnered with Silvia Caballol, a psychologist and erotic novelist, and he's now looking for a job in Barcelona as an agronomist.
Caballol has published The Hell of Gabriel's Lust and the Amnesia trilogy, with some of the themes contained in the pages relating to 'sadism, madness, lust and a struggle between good and evil, God and Satan'.
It appears his sudden departure from Christ hasn't gone down well with his colleagues.
Father Fermí Manteca, rector of Torà, told the Catalan News Agency: "Unfortunately, we found out about it from the press, and then I was able to confirm it.
"He should have at least met with the priests because we are still not aware of anything officially."
Father Jordi Orobitg and Father Alfons Bustos agreed they would have preferred to have heard it from the horse's mouth rather than in the media.
The National Post reports 'Novell's interest in demonology was what apparently led him to meet and become close to Caballol, an expert in satanism'.
Novell has been no stranger both positive and negative headlines in his career.
He became Spain's youngest bishop when he was welcomed into the role at the age of 41.
He's since gone on to campaign for gay conversion therapy, has performed exorcisms on people and has pledged support for Catalonia's independence from Spain.
Novell has also raised eyebrows for claiming sodomy is a crime, homosexuality could be the result of a lack of a father figure, and that abortion is 'the most serious and terrible genocide in humanity'.
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