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Bunbury bishop announces surprise resignation
    Yesterday, the day he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, Bishop Peter Quinn of Bunbury, Western Australia, announced that Pope John Paul II has accepted his resignation.
    His resignation is effective immediately, although he will act as Apostolic Administrator of the diocese until a successor is appointed.
    Bishop Quinn explained the reasons for his resignation in a letter to diocese released yesterday: "I requested retirement two years before the obligatory age of 75 because after 31 years as a bishop I have experienced lack of the energy needed to fulfill my duties and am grateful to the Holy Father for granting my request".
    He told the local press: "I have been very happy here but I will be glad to take things a little more quietly, to let go of the pressures and responsibilities."
    - Diocese of Bunbury

22-Dec-00