Archbishop Marcel Damphousse apologized June 17 and requested a formal apology by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has appointed Father Andrew Small to be the secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
In his message ahead of the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, Pope Francis referred to his own advanced age, and quoted his predecessor, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, whom he called “a saintly elderly person who continues to pray and work for the Church.”
The move comes a month after the pope appointed a new auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese that serves more than 1.7 million Catholics in 146 parishes across 10 counties in southeastern Texas.
Koch, a practicing Catholic, left the Democrat party in 2018 in response to comments by Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez that all Democrats should support abortion rights. Koch is now a registered independent.
Bishop Zanchetta, the 57-year-old former bishop of Orán, Argentina, has been accused of “aggravated continuous sexual abuse” of two adult-aged seminarians, as well as fraud and mismanagement of funds. He denies the charges.