Newark Archbishop John J. Myers poised to retire
By Mark Mueller, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com , July 24, 2016
After a 15-year run as spiritual leader to more than a million Roman Catholics in New Jersey, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is expected to submit a letter to Pope Francis this week seeking the pontiff's permission to retire.
On Tuesday, Myers turns 75, the mandatory retirement age set by canon law. It remains to be seen how swiftly Francis will move to replace him. Some bishops continue to work a year or more after they reach 75.
"The pope can do what he wants," said Christopher Bellitto, a church historian and professor of history at Kean University. "He can accept immediately, or he can say, 'Thanks for the letter. I'll let you know.'"
Given that Francis had previously appointed a coadjutor bishop for the archdiocese, Bellitto said he suspects the pope will . . .
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