Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Catholic bishop of Brooklyn, New York, weeks after a Vatican investigation cleared him of sexual abuse allegations
DiMarzio is 77 years old, two years beyond the normal retirement age for bishops. Francis accepted his resignation and appointed Bishop Robert Brennan of Columbus, Ohio, to take over in Brooklyn, the Vatican said.
On Sept. 1, the New York church announced that the Vatican had closed its case against Di Marzio after an investigation concluded that the allegations against him didn’t have “the semblance of truth.” Two men had separately claimed Di Marzio abused them a half century ago, when he was a priest in New Jersey.
Di Marzio denied the allegations. The accusers’ lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, has said the two men will both press forward with civil cases against Di Marzio.
In a tweet Wednesday, Di Marzio welcomed Brennan to Brooklyn and said he had “great confidence in his ability to lead” the diocese.
For the Bronx-born Brennan, 59, it’s a homecoming to New York after he was educated at St. John’s University in Queens, ordained in Rockville Center, Long Island and made an auxiliary bishop there before being sent to lead the Columbus diocese in 2019.