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: Philadelphia Students Finding Comfort In Rec Centers Again Amid Gun Violence Epidemic
Chaput has been credited with stabilizing the church’s finances, while downsizing its physical footprint.READ MORE: 'I Thought I Was Done': Residents Of Trevose Mobile Home Park Pick Up The Pieces After EF-3 Tornado
“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: Pirates' Crowe, 2 Relievers 1-Hit Phillies, End 4-Game Skid
Archbishop Chaput was appointed in September of 2011 by Pope Benedict.