A Catholic bishop busted cavorting on a beach with a scantily-clad beauty has claimed she is just 'an old friend' and insisted he is still 'devoted to God'.
Argentine Fernando María Bargallo, 59, was left red-faced after footage emerged of him swimming and cuddling with the blonde at a secluded luxury Mexican hideaway.
He initially denied it was him in the video, but later admitted he does play a starring role, and is now under investigation by the Vatican.
But he has insisted that the woman was a 'very old friend' who he has known 'since I could reason'.
He said: 'The photographs are, in effect, from an encounter in Mexico where I coincided for various reasons, two years ago, with a friend from my childhood.'