April 11, 2013


On the Eve of Deposition, Archbishop’s Resignation Accepted

Pope Francis has accepted the tendered resignation at age 73, two years younger than the age required for resignation by bishops, of Archbishop Jerome Hanus of Dubuque, Iowa.

Archbishop Hanus says his resignation is for “health reasons”.

In two weeks, Archbishop Hanus was scheduled to be deposed in a case of a former priest, Bede Parry. This priest has said in an interview that he told Archbishop Hanus about what he had done. Subsequent to the Archbishop having this information, Parry abused other children. Parry admitted to his conduct in 2011.

So, Hanus hands in a resignation, it’s accepted in the shadow of a court date.

Finn is criminally convicted. He is still a bishop with jurisdiction.

— Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) KristineWard@hotmail.com