Thursday, January 05, 2006

Cleveland Bishop Requests Retirement

He is 73 years old.

From AP Wire 01/05/2006 Cleveland bishop contacts Vatican about retirement:

The city's Roman Catholic bishop, who will celebrate 25 years in that post on Friday, has asked the Vatican to consider appointing his replacement.

Bishop Anthony Pilla declined to reveal the reasons for his retirement request, saying a letter he had written to the Vatican was private.

The date of his retirement is at the discretion of the Vatican, said Pilla, who is awaiting a response from Pope Benedict XVI and his staff