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Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg.

Pope Francis declines resignation of German Catholic archbishop

Sep 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

Hamburg Archbishop Stefan Heße announced in March that he was offering his resignation. Read more

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral in Broome, Australia.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Australian bishop investigated for sexual abuse

Aug 28, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The 71-year-old Bishop Christopher Saunders had taken temporary leave from the administration of his diocese in March 2020. Read more

Bishop John R. Manz, pictured in 2012.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of 75-year-old Chicago auxiliary bishop

Jul 1, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop John R. Manz celebrated 50 years as a priest and 25 years as a bishop in May. Read more

Bishop George A. Sheltz.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of 75-year-old auxiliary bishop in Texas

Jun 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

Bishop George A. Sheltz has served as an auxiliary bishop of Galveston-Houston since 2012. Read more

Bishop Herbert Bevard of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Screengrab: EWTN News Nightly.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop Bevard of US Virgin Islands

Sep 18, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Bishop Herbert Bevard of the U.S. Virgin Islands after he was hospitalized and... Read more

Fr. Michel Mulloy. Courtesy of the Diocese of Duluth.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Duluth Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy after abuse allegation

Sep 7, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Bishop-elect of Duluth, Minnesota, Michel J. Mulloy, after an accusation that he... Read more

Bishop John LeVoir.

Minnesota bishop retires early while seeking health treatment

Aug 6, 2020

Pope Francis has accepted the early resignation of Bishop John LeVoir, who has led the Minnesota diocese of New Ulm... Read more

U.S. bishops from New York during their ad limina visit to Rome in Nov. 2019.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Buffalo’s Bishop Edward Grosz

Mar 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Monday accepted the resignation of Bishop Edward Grosz, the auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, who has faced accusations of... Read more

Archbishop Luigi Ventura, then-Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, speaks at a Mass and Concert held in Ottawa, April 2, 2009.

Accused nuncio to France resigns post

Dec 17, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Tuesday accepted Archbishop Luigi Ventura's resignation as apostolic nuncio to France. Ventura was accused of sexual assault earlier... Read more

Bishop Richard J. Malone.

Buffalo's Bishop Richard Malone resigns after year of scandal

Dec 4, 2019

Pope Francis Wednesday accepted the resignation of Buffalo’s embattled Bishop Richard Malone. The Diocese of Buffalo will be administered by... Read more

Bishop Martin D. Holley. Courtesy Photo.

Pope Francis removes Bishop Holley as head of Memphis diocese

Oct 24, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Wednesday removed Bishop Martin D. Holley from the pastoral government of the Diocese of Memphis and appointed Archbishop... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron responds to a question about Wuerl's resignation at the Vatican on Oct. 12, 2018.

U.S. bishops hope Wuerl’s resignation is a step toward healing

Oct 12, 2018

Several U.S. bishops responding to the official resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. expressed hope Friday that the... Read more

A bishop's pectoral cross.

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Bransfield as inquiry into misconduct claims launched

Sep 13, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Thursday accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield from the pastoral government of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston,... Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Pope accepts resignation of Australian archbishop convicted of not reporting abuse

Jul 30, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis accepted Monday the resignation of Archbishop Philip Wilson following calls for the prelate’s removal as head of the... Read more

September 2013 press conference with Bishop Kieran Conry.

UK bishop steps down over 'being unfaithful' to vows

Sep 28, 2014

By Ann Schneible

Bishop Kieran Conry of the U.K. dioceses of Arundel and Brighton has announced his resignation after revealing he has been... Read more

Bishop Fernando Isern of Pueblo. CNA file photo.

Pueblo bishop resigns due to poor health

Jun 13, 2013

Pope Francis announced on June 13 that he has accepted the early resignation of Bishop Fernando Isern of Pueblo, Colo.,... Read more

Cardinal Keith O'Brien.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigns, will not go to conclave

Feb 25, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien’s resignation, and the cardinal has announced he will not attend the... Read more

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Pope accepts resignation of Chilean bishop accused of sexual abuse

Oct 9, 2012

On Oct. 9, Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernadez of Iquique, Chile, who has been... Read more