Another bishop's retirement continues rapid change in Irish hierarchy
May 18, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Willie Walsh of Killaloe, Ireland. Bishop Walsh had already reached retirement age, having celebrated his 75th birthday in January, and he was not among the Irish bishops whose handling of sex-abuse complaints had drawn criticism in the Murphy Commission report. Still his retirement continues a rapid change in the composition of the Irish hierarchy.
Father Kieran O'Reilly, the superior general of the African Mission fathers, was named by Pope Benedict to become the new Bishop of Killaloe.