Thursday 25 December 2014

Pope 'updated' on church in Ireland

Sarah MacDonald

Published 24/07/2014 | 02:30

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin pictured with   Abba Yohannes Kebede Amsalu, Representitive of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Ireland, after  the launch of the Crosscare Information and Advocacy services Year 1 report, at the Crosscare center on Dublin's Sackville Place.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin pictured with Abba Yohannes Kebede Amsalu, Representitive of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Ireland, after the launch of the Crosscare Information and Advocacy services Year 1 report, at the Crosscare center on Dublin's Sackville Place.

The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, has met Pope Francis in the Vatican to update him on the church in Ireland.

It is believed the pontiff was briefed on the ongoing process of renewal in the Irish church – which Pope Francis's predecessor, Benedict XVI, instigated with the apostolic visitation which concluded in 2012.

The American archbishop is now two years into his first diplomatic role. He has overseen eight new appointments to the Irish hierarchy in that time, the most recent being the new bishop of Elphin, Dr Kevin Doran, who was ordained earlier this month.

Abuse

The Vatican briefing follows closely on the meeting between the Pope and two Irish survivors of clerical abuse, which was widely regarded as a success.

However, Dr Brown will also undoubtedly have raised the ongoing thorny issue of the Irish church's dissident priests, five of whom have been censured to varying degrees by the Vatican's doctrinal watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

Some of the priests are members of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) and Dr Brown has yet to meet any representative of the group, despite the fact that it has over 1,000 Irish priest members.

Last weekend, Dr Brown publicly criticised those who "are constantly predicting the demise of the Catholic Church in Ireland".

Irish Independent

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