El Salvador's Roman Catholic Church has suspended one of its bishops, saying he acknowledged sexually abusing a young girl.

Bishop Jesus Delgado was the vicar general of the Archdiocese of San Salvador and was considered a close associate of assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero

The 77-year old-Delgado is known affectionately as "Father Chus," the familiar form of the name Jesus. He has written two books about Romero, who was gunned down by a right-wing death squad on March 24, 1980.

The head of external affairs for the archdiocese says Delgado acknowledged the abuse and "is willing to meet with the victim to ask her forgiveness." Msgr. Rafael Urrutia says Delgado has been suspended from all priestly functions.