BISHOP Raymond Benjamin of Townsville, who turned 75 on February 24, has submitted his resignation as bishop to Pope John Paul II.
Bishop Benjamin is unsure how long the Pope will take to accept the resignation and appoint a successor.
“Normally the Vatican doesn’t release you until they have appointed, or are very close to appointing a successor,” Bishop Benjamin said. “It’s up to the Pope now, the ball’s in his court but somebody said to me I’m now on injury time – when the referee blows the whistle that’s when the game is over.”
The bishop, who suffered a serious seizure last November, said it was a significant milestone to reach 75. “It’s not a bad age to reach no matter who you are.”