Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright has submitted his resignation to Pope Francis, due to failing health following an emergency hospital admission in June. Source: Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.
In a statement released on his Twitter account and on the Maitland-Newcastle website, Bishop Wright, 68, said it was “duty of a bishop to be present with his people” and to “provide some point of stability in a shook-up world”.
“I am acutely conscious that for some months I have been incapable of providing that episcopal service,” Bishop Wright said.
“At the end of June, I was an emergency admission to hospital, struggling to breathe. Despite very good care and treatment, the condition of my lungs has not improved and, we now know, is an illness from which I will not recover. Meanwhile, I am physically incapable of performing public ceremonies or of getting about without considerable assistance. I can no longer fulfil a bishop’s role or duties.”
Bishop Wright said he had submitted his resignation to Pope Francis and will remain on sick leave until he receives an answer from the Holy See.
His role will be continued to be filled by the diocese’s Vicar General, Fr Andrew Doohan “and the excellent staff of the bishop’s office, as has been the case these last months”.
Bishop Wright thanked all who have offered prayers and sent him get well wishes during his illness.
A Message of Bishop Bill Wright on his health and ministry (Maitland-Newcastle Diocese)