Bishop John Crowley, Bishop of Middlesbrough, has resigned. In a statement today the Vatican Information said: "The Holy Father: - Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Middlesbrough, England, presented by Bishop John Patrick Crowley, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.
Bishop John was born in Newbury on 23 June 1941 and ordained on 12th June 1965. He was ordained titular Bishop of Tala by Cardinal Hume on 8 December 1986. Bishop John was installed as the sixth Bishop of Middlesbrough on 18 January 1993.