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Canadian bishop resigns at 63

Catholic World News - April 08, 2010

A Canadian bishop described in the local press as a “staunch public defender of Catholic orthodoxy” has resigned at the age of 63.

“My decision to offer my resignation was the result of a long and intense process of prayer and reflection,” Bishop James Wingle of St. Catharines (Ontario) said in a statement. “The duties of the office of a diocesan bishop call for vigorous stamina to meet the challenges of leadership. I am no longer able to maintain the necessary stamina to fulfil properly my duties. I believe that my resignation will serve not only my own spiritual and personal wellbeing, but the good of the diocese and the Church as well.”

“If my shortcomings and limitations have caused any disappointment, I ask for God's mercy and your understanding.”

Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton cited similar reasons in his equally surprising resignation statement of last August. Referring to “bouts of insomnia and at times a crippling physical fatigue,” Bishop Martino said, “The Diocese of Scranton requires a bishop who is at least physically vigorous. I am not that bishop … as is customary on an occasion like this one, I seek forgiveness from anyone whom I may not have served adequately as bishop, due to my human limitations.”

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Apr. 08, 2010 7:31 PM ET USA

    The office of bishop is not for the faint of heart, especially these days. The folks who are both orthodox and pastorally sensitive in the good sense are often not hard-skinned enough to take the incredible heat that focuses on them. We should pray for all of them, and not just on Good Friday.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Apr. 08, 2010 5:27 PM ET USA

    I think these orthodox bishops resigned because they realized that their orthodoxy stood in the way of funding from the liberal laity. They knew that they could not serve both God and mammon.

  • Posted by: adamah - Apr. 08, 2010 8:59 AM ET USA

    I'm confused as to why the Holy Father is accepting resignations such as these. If soon-to-be Cardinal Gomez of LA rocks the boat are we to look forward to his unexpected resignation in 5 years? I don't know what to think.

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