Bishop Brian Finnigan resigns

The Courier

By Melissa Cunningham
Dec. 31, 2015

A bishop who was accused of putting himself and the reputation of the Catholic Church ahead of “truth and compassion” for victims has resigned.

Outgoing Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop and former secretary to Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, Brian Finnigan, officially resigned from his senior leadership position in the Catholic Church late Wednesday evening.

The Courier understands the Vatican formally accepted the resignation from the office of Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Brisbane at 10pm Australian time on Wednesday.

The Archdiocese of Brisbane, confirmed his resignation to The Courier on Thursday morning.

Bishop Finnigan had reached the age limit for being a Catholic bishop.

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