RNZ reports the Pope has accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Palmerston North, Charles Drennan, following an investigation into a complaint of unacceptable behaviour of a sexual nature.
Bishop Charles Drennan has been in his Palmerston North role for the last eight years.Photo: Supplied / Catholic Church
Drennan’s behaviour ‘completely unacceptable’
The Metropolitan Archbishop of New Zealand, Cardinal John Dew, said in the eyes of the Catholic church, Bishop Drennan’s behaviour was completely unacceptable.
“No doubt it is a question that will be asked by the authorities in Rome – how behaviour, which is completely unacceptable and inappropriate could be undertaken by someone in the role of a bishop,” he said.
The complaint was made by a young woman and the former bishop tendered his resignation to Pope Francis.
The Pope’s decision was announced by the Vatican at 11pm on Friday NZ time.
Bishop was in the inquiry into sex abuse!
Bishop Drennan is also leaving his role with the Royal Commission into historic abuse. He stepped aside from the role several weeks ago.
Charles Drennan was the only high ranking clergyman on the group managing co-operation between the Catholic Church and the Royal Commission.