The Vatican announced today that acceptance of the resignation of Cincinnati Auxillary Bishop Carl K. Moeddel. The text of the announcement follows:
Il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI ha accettato la rinuncia all’ufficio di
Ausiliare dell’arcidiocesi di Cincinnati (U.S.A.), presentata da S.E. Mons. Carl
K. Moeddel, in conformità ai canoni 411 e 401 § 2 del Codice di Diritto
Canon 411: The prescripts of cann. 401 and 402, sec. 2, on resignation from office apply to a coadjutor and auxiliary bishop.
Canon 401, sec 2: A diocesan bishop who has become less able to fulfull his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly requested to present his resignation from office.
In my personal dealings with Bishop Moeddel, I have always found him to be very upfront and open about his concerns and thoughts. He was a good father figure to his priests, and I thought he and Archbishop Pilarczyk complimented each other well. His presence at the office has been greatly missed, as he was always very quick with a smile or joke to lighten the mood during tense times.
Please keep him in your prayers that God may ease his sufferings and reward him for his faithful ministry during some very difficult times.
As I think more about Bishop Moeddel, I also thank him for the gifts that he has given to me. He was the bishop who confirmed me as a Junior in High School, he accepted me into both Minor Orders (I think), and I know that he ordained me to the Diaconate. He was very helpful in my preparations for my first assignment, and during some of the struggles that I had during that assignment. I remember serving for him many times during my time in the seminary, and he was always very gracious. He was always fun to run into in the halls at the seminary where he lived. I will miss him greatly.
(A swing of the thurible to Rich, where I first saw the announcement, although I had heard it was coming earlier.)