December 28, 2016
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard Lennon from the governance of the Diocese of Cleveland, the Holy See Press Office announced on December 28.
No reason was given for the resignation, which took place six years before the episcopal retirement age of 75. In February, the prelate underwent emergency cardiac surgery.
Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1973, Bishop Lennon was named a Boston auxiliary bishop in 2001. In the wake of the clerical abuse scandal and the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, Bishop Lennon served as apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Boston from December 2002 to July 2003.
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