Archbishop Carroll submits resignation to Pope
President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn, Archbishop Francis Carroll, has sent his official letter of resignation to the Vatican for when he turns 75 next month.
But the Australian Associated Press reports that the "popular church leader" may stay in his current post for some time while Pope Benedict XVI considers whether to accept the resignation and decides on a successor.
General secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Fr Brian Lucas said Archbishop Carroll is officially required to apply to resign from his position when he turned 75, which will be early next month.
"What will then happen will be that the Pope will consider whether to accept it and when to accept it," he said. "In some instances it might take some time.
"These appointments are made by the Vatican, by the Pope. Whether he has someone in mind, we don't know that."
Auxiliary Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn Pat Power said someone who was already a bishop would be Archbishop Carroll's most likely successor.
"The previous five archbishops were all bishops before they became archbishop here," he told ABC Radio. "So probably we'd be looking at someone who is already a bishop but there are 43 people in that category, so it could be any of those but it could be someone who's not yet a bishop too."
Archbishop Carroll sends resignation to Pope (Sydney Morning Herald/Australian Associated Press 22/8/05)
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Archbishop Francis Carroll - Biographical Information (Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn)
Archbishop Francis Patrick Carroll (catholic-hierarchy.org)
23 Aug 2005