CNA Staff, Feb 9, 2021 / 04:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of a Swiss bishop who recently called for a council to discuss women priests.
The Holy See press office announced Feb. 8 that the pope had accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Basel, Switzerland, presented by Bishop Denis Theurillat.
Theurillat told the Swiss Catholic Church’s website kath.ch that he had asked to resign five years before the customary retirement age for bishops because of the increasing burdens of his office.
He said that following an accident last year, “I realized that the time had come to step down and think about a new chapter in my life.”
In an interview last September with kath.ch, Theurillat said that he would like to participate in a council on women priests.