Schick said the pope had asked him to remain in office. “After presenting my reasons again, he then granted my request at the end of September,” Schick said.
He is not the first German archbishop to ask the pope to accept his resignation. In 2021, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, who has come under criticism for his handling of sexual abuse cases, offered to step down. Though the pope declined, Marx has publicly said he may attempt to resign again.
Earlier this month, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a 59-year-old Swiss bishop who said “inner fatigue” had made his office “unbearable” to him.
The 73-year-old Schick was archbishop of Bamberg for 20 years. Bishops are requested under canon law to offer their resignations to the Holy Father upon turning 75 years old.
“After careful consideration and prayer, as well as many conversations with my spiritual director, I came to the conclusion in the first quarter of this year to ask the pope to release me from my duties,” Schick said according to CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner.
“I leave office confident,” the archbishop wrote. “The tasks of the Church, the proclamation of the Gospel, the divine services, pastoral care and charity can be fruitfully continued on a good foundation. That is my wish and my request!”