Cleansing Fire

Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church

Month of Resignations

May 25th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Three U.S. bishops will reach the retirement age of 75 this coming month and be required by Canon Law to submit their resignation to the Holy Father.

  • Bp. Edward Kmiec, Diocese of Buffalo (June 4th)
  • Abp. George Niederauer, Archdiocese of San Francisco (June 14th)

and everyone’s favorite…

  • Bp. Donald Trautman, Diocese of Erie (June 24th)

There are presently six [five] dioceses without a bishop: Rapid City, Fresno, Salina, Baker, Pensacola-Tallahassee, and Steubenville.

Another six have bishops serving past 75: Savannah, Philadelphia, Manchester, Lincoln, Bismark, and Rockford.

After these three bishops submit their resignation in June, there will be seven more bishops to resign before Bishop Clark turns 75 next July.



6 Responses to “Month of Resignations”

  1. Joseph says:

    Archbishop Niederauer probably is the best one out of all these. I don’t know to much, but his archdiocese definitely has a fantastic prolife program. Bishop Bruskewitz of Lincoln definitely must stay there. The FSSP need him there. Steubenville definitely needs a bishop. Fr. Scanlan is retiring soon…sadly.

  2. Bruce says:

    +Niederauer was not without his problems, but indeed he did try a bit harder than those other bishops on the list. The next bishop has the courageous task of standing up against the vocal and violent homosexual lobby that runs the city and one of his parishes.

  3. Bruce says:

    Exactly, anony-64249. He has had trouble dealing with the homosexual activists in his diocese, particularly the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, as they call themselves (transexual men dressed up as nuns). That has been +Niederauer’s primary problem and the next bishop will have to address it.

  4. anony says:

    Anonymous 64249, Really? I mean Really!

  5. Louis E. says:

    Cardinal Levada,incidentally,turns 75 the day after Archbishop Niederauer.

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