Following on the heels of today’s Vatican announcement that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted his resignation as the bishop of Scranton, Pa., Bishop Joseph Martino held a press conference in Scranton to discuss his reasons for leaving.

Go here, to read an account in the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader about what Bishop Martino said at the press conference. A video of the press conference can also be viewed here.

Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia has been appointed as apostolic administrator of the diocese until the Pope appoints a successor to Bishop Martino. Cardinal Rigali, who was at the press conference, has named Msgr. Joseph Bambera as his vicar general in Scranton.