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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Feb 24, 2006

The Irish Independent is reporting that "informed Vatican sources" say that Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who was passed over for a red hat this week, is headed for Rome to take up "a senior position in the Curia."

The 60-year-old Dubliner is considered to be in line to head one of two major councils. One is the expected merger of the Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue with the Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. The other is to take charge of an amalgamation of the councils for the Family and for the Laity.

Well, maybe. But it's odd that Martin should be Weaklanded out to Dublin for two years, foul his own nest by going squishy on priestly celibacy and same-sex bridal fashions, and then bounce back to Rome to take over the Vatican Day Care Center. The Independent's contacts, however, are convinced Martin's star is in the ascendant:

"Far from being sidelined, Dr Martin is in line for high office this summer or autumn," a high-placed church source said.

A man of his abilities has a bright future as Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.

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  • Posted by: MM - Feb. 27, 2006 7:44 AM ET USA

    If Martin gets "promoted" out of his diocese - fine. Just get him, and bishops like him, away from the laity. Life is tough enough down in the trenches, trying to live every day in the world as we are called to, without having bishops who actually encourage confusion and acquiescence. Dear Pope Bendedict, if zealous, orthodox bishops are impossible to find, please just give the faithful harmless pencil pushers who will follow orders! (and please, DON'T give Martin a vote at the next conclave)

  • Posted by: Cantor Rich - Feb. 25, 2006 1:26 AM ET USA

    'A man of his abilities has a bright future as Archpriest of the Basilica of St Mary Major.' Correct me if I am wrong, Diogenes, but wouldn't Dr Martin need a red hat for that post? Just wondering. Eh wot?

  • Posted by: BostonBlackey - Feb. 24, 2006 8:04 PM ET USA

    I was very excited when I heard who became our new Pope. Now I am beginning to grave doubts.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 24, 2006 12:46 PM ET USA

    The newspaper also predicts who will succeed Dr Martin. If correct ,poor old Dublin will be out of the frying pan and into the fire. Its indicative of a talentless bench of bishops and a dud Nuncio.

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