Catholic World News News Feature
Controversial British Bishop Dies December 16, 1996
LONDON (CWN) - Bishop Gerald Moverley, who gained prominence when he refused to celebrate Mass for a dying Irish Republican Army hunger-striker, died in Sheffield, England on Saturday.
Bishop Moverley, formerly bishop of Hallam, resigned five months ago citing ill health. He was 74. In 1976, Bishop Moverley was catapulted to national attention when he refused to celebrate Mass for Frank Stagg, who had requested the sacrament after 50 days on a hunger strike. The bishop said there was "no pastoral necessity" and refused. Stagg died 10 days later.