Pope Accepts Resignation of Detroit Auxiliary Bishop

February 2, 2006

VATICAN CITY The Vatican says Pope Benedict the 16th has accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit.

Gumbleton recently revealed he was abused by a priest 60 years ago.

The Vatican's brief announcement says the pope accepted the resignation for reasons of age. Gumbleton turned 76 last week. That's a year past the normal retirement age for bishops.

Gumbleton said in an interview published last month that he was abused in 1945 when he was a ninth grader at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit.

He is believed to be the first U-S bishop to disclose that he was a victim of sexual abuse by clergy.

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