VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Rev. Michel Mulloy, who was set to become the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, this fall.
The diocese had planned to install Mulloy as bishop in October.
That plan was put on hold after a review board in South Dakota received an allegation that Mulloy had abused a minor there in the 1980s.
The Vatican confirmed that the pope accepted the resignation of the bishop-elect in a statement sent to journalists on Monday (Sept. 7).
“We grieve with all who have suffered sexual abuse and their loved ones. I ask you to pray for the person who has come forward with this accusation, for Father Mulloy, for the faithful of