Irish hierarchy resisting Vatican pressure for diocesan realignments?
CWN - November 16, 2011
The Vatican is considering a reconfiguration of Irish dioceses, while the Irish hierarchy is resisting major changes, according to the Irish Catholic newspaper.
The Irish Catholic reports that an apostolic visitation of the Irish Church, ordered by Pope Benedict XVI in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal there, recommended a reduction in the number of dioceses in the country. Ireland, a country with a population of just over 4.6 million, has 26 Catholic dioceses. The apostolic visitation reportedly concluded that the unusual number of bishops impeded the ability of the Irish hierarchy to take decisive action.
The four archbishops of Ireland have argued against drastic cuts in the number of dioceses, however, the Irish Catholic reports. The archbishops—led by Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh—argue that a radical realignment would do damage to the historic claims of many traditional churches.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our March expenses ($27,446 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!