Philippine Bishop Quits

Kalookan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez is officially resigned from his post after Pope Benedict XVI has accepted his resignation.

The approval of his resignation came three years earlier before the mandated retirement age of 75.

Aside from Iniguez, the Vatican also accepted the resignation of San Pablo, Laguna Bishop Leo Drona, 71.

Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines relayed the information to the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Friday.

The prelates’ resignation was made under Canon 401, par. 2 of the Code of Canon Law, which provides that a diocesan bishop who becomes unsuited for duties due to illness or other grave reason is requested to tender his resignation from office.

Iñiguez is the first bishop of Kalookan, where he served since August 2003.

Born in Cotabato City in December 1940, Iniguez was ordained a priest in 1963. He served as Auxiliary Bishop of Malolos from 1985 to 1989 and bishop of Iba in Zambales from 1990 to 2003.

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