The Vatican made the official announcement today that Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, auxiliary of Detroit, has retired. Gumbleton announced it was coming himself last week. Of course, it doesn’t really change much.
In fact, retirement probably frees him up to do more of his heterodoxy touring, going from place to place and preaching error to all the Call-to-Action types. He may or nor may not continue to be pastor of a parish in the Detroit archdiocese. That’s up to Cardinal Adam Maida.
Really, as an auxiliary bishop Gumbleton had no real power, except the power of the bully pulpit. While retaining the office of bishop, even a retired one, he retains that pulpit until the day he dies.
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