After being at the forefront of the Catholic Dioceses of Fresno for over seven years, Bishop Armando Ochoa announces he’ll be retiring in May.
Ochoa submitted his letter of retirement to the Vatican in April 2018, when he turned 75 years old.
According to the code of canon law, bishops are requested to submit their resignation to the pope on reaching the age of 75 years.
On Tuesday, the Diocese announcing Bishop Joseph Brennan will take over in May.
Brennan was appointed to Auxiliary Bishop to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2015 and has been serving in the Southern California.
Brennan said he wants to inspire people that he works with and people he’ll meet every single day.
In February, Bishop Ochoa stayed the Diocese of Fresno we’re reviewing clergy files which date to 1922.
Earlier this week, the Diocese of Fresno put Priest Miguel Flores from Bakersfield on paid administrative leave as he faces allegation sexual abuse that took place in 2002.
“That particular one is going to be an internal investigation. We received a credible allegation that dates back to many years ago and so we are looking at that right now,” Ochoa said.
The Diocese of Fresno said four priest have been put on paid administrative leave, only two are facing allegations of abuse to a minor.
The Dioceses of Fresno spans eight counties which include Fresno, Tulare, and Kern.
“We have to work. We just have to work at transparency. We have to work at always reaching out to the victims, sometimes they’re so angry and I understand, they don’t want to see me, they don’t want to talk to me,” Brennan said.
Timothy Hale, who represented three victims in 2011 who claim FRESNO Reverend Don Flickinger sexually abused them.
All three cases were settled.
Hale said the Diocese should be transparent with police.
“This is a top down organization that we’re talking about with the church here and bringing in a new bishop isn’t going to change anything,” Hale said.