Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Palang, appoints administrator

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Palang, appoints administrator

Pope Francis accepts the resignation of Bishop Antonio Palang, SVD, of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro province. PHOTO FROM THE APOSTOLIC VICARIATE OF SAN JOSE

By Roy Lagarde

CBCP NEWS
March 18, 2018

MANILA, Philippines

Pope Francis has accepted the early resignation Saturday of Bishop Antonio Palang from the pastoral care of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro.

The Vatican’s bulletin did not mention why Palang, who is just 71 years old, resigned from the post which he served since 2002.

Church law requires bishops to submit their resignation at the age of 75.

Since Palang would be stepping down, Nueva Segovia Auxiliary Bishop David William Antonio will take charge of the vicariate, after the pope reappointed him as apostolic administrator sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis (with the See vacant and at the pleasure of the Holy See).

Palang was ordained priest for the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) on July 8, 1972. He was appointed as the second bishop of San Jose in March 2002.

Antonio, meanwhile, was ordained priest for Nueva Segovia on December 1, 1988. He was appointed to the episcopacy in June 2011.

It was on Nov. 21, 2015, when Antonio, 54, was first named apostolic administrator of San Jose.