In his place,
the Holy Father appointed Bishop Richard G. Lennon, who is auxiliary of
the Archdiocese of Boston and Titular Bishop of Sufes. He was ordained
a bishop in 2001.
The announcement was made in Washington by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.
From 1995 to
1998, Bishop Pilla served as head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops, an office now occupied by Spokane’s Bishop William Skylstad.
The Diocese of
Cleveland is the 15th largest in the country, and home to 802,767
Catholics, or 28 percent of the 8-county geographic area which
comprises the diocese.
the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the
resignation of Cleveland’s Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, who has served as
head of that diocese since 1981.