By Leslie Ann Aquino
The resignation of Bishop Antonio Palang from the pastoral care of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro has been accepted by Pope Francis.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines announced the pontiff’s acceptance of Palang’s early resignation in a News post Saturday. It cited information from the Vatican’s bulletin.
The CBCP said there was no mention why the 71-year old Palang resigned from his position.
Church law requires bishops to submit their resignation at the age of 75.
And since Palang would be stepping down, Nueva Segovia Auxiliary Bishop David William Antonio will take charge of the vicariate, after the pope reappointed him as apostolic administrator sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis (with the See vacant and at the pleasure of the Holy See).
Palang was ordained priest for the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) on July 8, 1972.
He was appointed as the second bishop of San Jose in March 2002.
Antonio, meanwhile, was ordained priest for Nueva Segovia on December 1, 1988. He was appointed to the episcopacy in June 2011.
It was on Nov. 21, 2015, when Antonio, 54, was first named apostolic administrator of San Jose.