Editor’s Note: According to the norm established by Pope Paul VI in violation of all ecclesiastical custom, Bishops in the Catholic Church are asked to submit a letter of resignation when they reach 75. There is no canonical obligation to do so, however; but most bishops do not understand the rights they have from Apostolic Tradition.
Normally, however, when a Bishop submits such a letter, there is a wait of months or years before the Vatican appoints a replacement. An immediate acceptance is a strong sign that the one retiring is a persona non grata.
This action is now a canonical fact which can be used in a Provincial Council to censure Pope Francis as a suspect for heresy; because just as the Synod on Synodality has nothing to do with Apostolic Faith and Tradition, the zeal to push it with such indignities shows manifest bad will; and merits the canonical suspicion of heresy.