Bishop for Calif's Diocese of Orange to retire

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ORANGE, Calif. (AP) – The bishop of the Diocese of Orange is retiring after 14 years as head of the nation’s 10th largest Roman Catholic diocese. Bishop Tod D. Brown will introduce his successor at a news conference Friday.

Brown was ordained in 1963 and installed as Bishop of Orange in 1998. As head of the 1.2-million person Orange County diocese, Brown oversaw a $100 million settlement to victims of sexual abuse in 2004. At the time, the settlement was the largest ever.

He also helped acquire the former Crystal Cathedral in bankruptcy proceedings. Catholic church leaders plan to open a new cathedral in the soaring glass-paned church that hosted the “Hour of Power” program for decades.

The 75-year-old bishop will hold his post until his successor is installed later this year.

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