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Pope accepts Sydney bishop's resignation

Pope John Paul II yesterday accepted Bishop David Cremin's resignation from the office of auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Sydney after he reached the age limit of 75.

Bishop Cremin turned 75 yesterday, and the Holy Father accepted his resignation immediately.

Irish-born Bishop Cremin moved to Australia in 1955, the year he was ordained. He served in various Sydney parishes before being appointed auxiliary bishop by the late Cardinal James Freeman in 1973.

At the time of his resignation, he was a member of the Bishops' committees for Family and for Life, and Migrants and Refugees, and served as Senior Vicar General in the Archdiocese of Sydney.

He acted as Archbishop of Sydney in place of Cardinal George Pell in 2002 while Cardinal Pell stood aside for the hearing and judgment of the subsequently disproved sex abuse allegations.

Other pontifical acts (Vatican Information Service 22/2/05)

Archdiocese of Sydney: Bishop David Cremin
Bishop David Cremin DD VG (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference)
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23 Feb 2005