Justin Rigali

Cathedral Basicila of St. Louis votive candles
Rachel Heidenry | 2008

Cases against two former St. Louis Catholic archbishops are being submitted to Pope Francis’ new Vatican tribunal that investigates bishops accused of covering up abuse.

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Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Philadelphia Archbishop Justin Rigali, sending him into retirement as the archdiocese faces accusations that it covered up a long-running priest sex abuse scandal.

The pope has named Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput to succeed him.

Tuesday morning's announcement from the Vatican says the resignation of the 76-year-old Rigali was due to his age. He submitted it on his 75th birthday in April 2010, as required by church law, but the pope did not immediately act on it.