Tom McFeely is the National Catholic Register’s News Editor. He lives in British Columbia.
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.
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.