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Papal nuncio in Ireland transferred to Albania

March 09, 2017

Archbishop Charles Brown, the American prelate who was appointed by Pope Francis as apostolic nuncio to Ireland in 2012, has received a new assignment as nuncio to Albania.

Archbishop Brown, who had worked with then-Cardinal Ratzinger in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, represented the Holy See in Ireland during a period of turmoil within the Church there. He helped to guide a transformation of the Irish hierarchy, being involved in the appointment of 11 new bishops, and saw the reopening of Ireland’s embassy to the Holy See in 2014 after a breakdown in diplomatic ties. But he drew also angry criticism from radical priests, who objected to the archbishop’s strong defense of traditional Church teaching.

 
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  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Mar. 10, 2017 4:13 PM ET USA

    How very sad. We are all entitled to draw reasonable conclusions as to the reasons for the change. Our Pope encourages new cracks in an historically great society of the Church.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Mar. 09, 2017 8:51 PM ET USA

    Does a strong defender of traditional Catholic teaching ever get promoted any more?