Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop-elect of Duluth after abuse allegation

Michel Mulloy was due to take up his new role on Oct. 1.
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The Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Duluth has resigned from the position before his tenure could start after allegations of child abuse surfaced.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Father Michel J. Mulloy, who was appointed to the diocese in June and was due to be consecrated and installed on Oct. 1.

Mulloy was planning to move to Duluth from the Diocese of Rapid City in South Dakota, but the diocese received a notification in early August that an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor dating back to the early 1980s had been made against Mulloy.

An investigation was commissioned, and the conclusion was that "the accusation met the standard of Canon Law for further investigation," prompting the notification of the Vatican.

"Fr. Mulloy received a summary of the specific allegation against him and submitted his resignation as Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Duluth to the Holy Father, which has been accepted," a statement said.

Specific details of the allegation have not been released, but the Diocese of Rapid City said that no other allegations of sexual abuse involving Father Mulloy have been received.

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