A retiring Australian bishop accused of trying to protect himself and the Catholic Church over pedophile priests is seeking forgiveness from anyone he may have disappointed.
The Pope has accepted Brisbane auxiliary bishop Brian Finnigan’s resignation after he reached retirement age, the Vatican’s press office has announced.
Bishop Finnigan, 77, submitted his resignation to Pope Francis in 2013, a requirement for bishops when they turn 75.
“In a pastoral career spanning more than 40 years, there have been disappointments and challenges,” Bishop Finnigan said in a letter to fellow clergy in the Brisbane archdiocese on Thursday.
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