CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is retiring because of health concerns, and the bishop in Toledo will take over administration of the diocese until a successor is named.
Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon said Wednesday that he decided to step down after being diagnosed with dementia.
The diocese says Pope Francis accepted Lennon’s resignation sent in a letter a month ago and granted him early retirement status.
Lennon has served as bishop in Cleveland since 2006, leading a diocese that includes more than 690,000 Catholics across eight counties.
He notably ordered the closings of 12 parishes but was overruled by the Vatican in 2012 in a rare move.
The pope has appointed Toledo Bishop Daniel Thomas to oversee the Cleveland diocese until a new bishop is named.
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