We are underfunded by over 50% this month. $17,834 short—a serious deficit. Your support needed NOW!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

President of Pakistani bishops' conference resigns

Catholic World News - April 07, 2011

The president of the Pakistani bishops’ conference has resigned.

The Vatican announced on April 7 that Pope Benedict had accepted the resignation of Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore, which the Pakistani prelate had submitted “upon having reached the age limit.” But Archbishop Saldanha will not reach the age of 75 until June 12.

Although Catholic bishops are required to submit their resignations upon reaching their 75th birthdays, the Pope is not obligated to accept those resignations promptly, and many prelates remain in office for months. Because Archbishop Saldanha is short of the retirement age, and because the Vatican did not name a successor, it seems likely that his resignation was prompted by some other reason.

The Catholic Church in Pakistan has been under heavy pressure from Muslim zealots, who have reacted violently against Church criticism of the country’s blasphemy laws. The pressure has been redoubled in recent days, with assaults on Christians attributed to the burning of a Qur’an by a fundamentalist pastor in Florida.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our January expenses ($17,834 to go):
$35,000.00 $17,165.70
51% 49%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The best argument against the 'celibate gay Catholics' 1 hours ago
Church Fathers: St. Polycarp and St. Papias January 24
On News Both Good and Fun January 23
Guess who thinks Pope Francis shouldn't give so many interviews? January 23
A rare “win” in the Venerable League: Laity 4, Priests and Religious 3 January 23

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals CWN - January 5
In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12