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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.


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  • Posted by: Oliver Plunkett - May. 18, 2010 5:54 PM ET USA

    Very good. Bishop Walsh had viewpoints not consistent with the Church, i.e., ordination of women, divorced couples, celibacy, homosexuals. Hopefully the Holy Father's new appointment will help restore the Catholic Church in Ireland.