Bishop in US diocese hit by sex abuse scandals steps down
Published 01/07/2011 | 05:00
A Catholic bishop whose diocese has recently been embroiled in priest sex abuse cases, resigned yesterday from his post after 11 years.
The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Daniel Walsh of Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa in California.
Diocese spokeswoman Deirdre Frontczak said Mr Walsh was "very tired" and had been seeking to hand over his responsibilities for about two years. His resignation, effective yesterday, comes a year short of his mandatory retirement at age 75, Ms Frontczak said.
"It's been a difficult decade," she added.
The diocese has been hit with several lawsuits under Mr Walsh's tenure involving alleged child sex abuse by former priests.
In 2006, Mr Walsh was threatened with criminal charges for failing to report accusations of misconduct against Xavier Ochoa for five days after the priest admitted the abuses to him.