DETROIT, Illinois, January 26, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, who is known as an activist for homosexuality in the Church, has handed in his resignation to the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is expected to announce the resignation today.
Bishop Gumbleton resisted mandatory retirement last year when he reached the age of 75, asking to continue on as Auxiliary Bishop to Detroit Cardinal Adam Maida. His request, given to the head of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Giovanni Re, was denied.
”Some time ago he indicated that my request to defer my resignation was not acceptable,” Bishop Gumbleton said in an open letter to his parishioners at St. Leo’s Church. [Source]
I think the precise technical language the Vatican used was "don’t let the door hit you on the way out." Though the downside is that he will have even more time to devote to his heterodox endeavors. More articles for the NCReporter, more hobnobbing with the Call To Action types, the Rainbow Sash movement and anything else where orthodoxy is seen as a disorder.