At ‘farewell Mass,’ Bishop Hoeppner apologies for ‘failures’ in governing

He acknowledged his resignation and its general circumstances. “Pope Francis has asked for my resignation and has accepted it as I’ve given it,” he said. “It comes as a result of the investigation into reports that I at times failed to observe applicable norms when presented with allegations of sexual abuse involving clergy of this diocese. And so that resignation has been accepted, and Bishop Pates comes now.”

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