PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The leader of the Philadelphia Archdiocese’ 1.4 million Catholics has submitted his resignation to Pope Francis. Archbishop Charles Chaput is turning 75 this week and a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia confirmed, a letter must be submitted when a bishop reaches the age of 75.
This move was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.READ MORE: Man Threatened To Kill Bus Operator After Being Told To Wear Face Covering, SEPTA Says
Chaput has been credited with stabilizing the church’s finances, while downsizing its physical footprint.READ MORE: 2 Teens Injured In Drive-By Shooting After Leaving Police Athletic League In South Philly, Police Say
“Whether it is accepted and how long it might take for a new archbishop to be named by the Vatican can’t predicted,” Archdiocese of Philadelphia Spokesperson, Ken Gavin told Eyewitness NewsMORE NEWS: Restaurant Workers In High Demand In Philadelphia, Nationwide
Archbishop Chaput was appointed in September of 2011 by Pope Benedict.