Bishop Skylstad Submits Resignation

SPOKANE – Bishop William Skylstad of the Spokane Diocese has submitted his letter of resignation to Pope Benedict, but he won’t be leaving his post any time soon.

Bishop Skylstad turned 75 Monday and Catholic Church regulations require bishops to submit a letter of resignation when they turn 75. The resignation is not official until it’s accepted by the Pope.

The bishop said Monday morning that there is a backlog of resignations at the Vatican and they are running a year or so behind on accepting them.

Skylstad has been a priest for 49 years and has served a bishop for the last 32 years, the last 19 of those years as the bishop for the Spokane Diocese.