KUALA LUMPUR – The Kuala Lumpur archdiocese’s College of Consultors has elected Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam as archdiocesan administrator.
He is to govern the archdiocese until the pope appoints a successor.
Archbishop Pakiam, on reaching the age of 75 on Dec 6, tendered his resignation as the head of the archdiocese.
Bishops are required by canon law to tender their resignations at the age of 75.
A notification of Pope Francis’ acceptance of the resignation was made known through Vatican Radio and the official Vatican website on Dec 13.
Under canon law, Archbishop Pakiam will continue to carry out his episcopal duties within the archdiocese. However, he cannot grant incardination, establish a public association of the faithful, or make innovations in the archdiocese.