Bishop Requests Early Retirement Due to Health

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) --

The Roman Catholic bishop tasked with oversight of the Panhandle and Tallahassee has asked to retire.

The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee says Bishop John Ricard has
requested early retirement for reasons of health.

Ricard is 70; normal retirement age for Catholic bishops is 75.

He suffered a stroke in 2009 and has undergone several subsequent surgeries.

Pope Benedict XVI must approve the bishop's request.


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  • by maccc Location: tally on Feb 21, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    He isn't stepping down! He was forced out because he isn't a team player and does not demand the same of his priests, who routinely "pick and choose" which rules they want to follow. The Pope is systematically get rid of any Bishops deemed to liberal for his ultra conservative Papacy.
  • by Kathee Location: Tallahassee on Feb 21, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    I hate to see the Bishop step down, as he has led this Diocese in a positive direction. We will continue to keep him in our prayers.
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