Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pilarczyk Celebrates Birthday With Resignation

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Today Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk faces a key deadline. It's his 75th birthday and under church law he must submit his resignation to Pope Benedict.

Pilarczyk became the head of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1982. Since then he's seen the diocese through a priest shortage, the mergers of some parishes, and most notably the clergy sex abuse scandal. In 2003 he pleaded no contest to criminal charges for failure to report abuse by priests.

The church has already appointed Archbishop Dennis Schnurr to replace him. It's not clear when the official transition will take place.

Pilarczyk is the country's longest serving archbishop.

The Cincinnati archdiocese includes 220 parishes and nearly 500,000 Catholics. It's the 26th largest Catholic diocese in the U.S.

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