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Saturday 16 December 2017

Intellectual heavy-hitter who's not afraid to act on his beliefs

Sarah MacDonald

Dubliner Fr Kevin Doran was Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's right-hand man for the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 2012, a major event for both the Irish and global church, which he carried off without a hitch.

His selection as Bishop Christopher Jones's successor can be seen a recognition of the success of that high-profile event.

Known as an intellectual heavy-hitter, Bishop-elect Doran has a PhD in philosophy and other degrees in theology and French from UCD, the Gregorian in Rome and the University of Thomas in Rome.

A former university chaplain at UCD, he has been a key adviser to the bishops on medical ethics and has held other high profile roles such as national director of vocations.

More recently he has spearheaded formation for the diaconate.

He has published three books and numerous articles and has extensive pastoral experience.

He is considered to typify the face of compassionate conservatism. As a chaplain in UCD he was popular and well-regarded.

His resignation from the Mater Hospital over the terms of the abortion bill last autumn was preceded by another incident a number of years back in which he took a staunchly orthodox Catholic position.

He opposed clinical cancer drug trials at the hospital which required patients not to get pregnant and so would have necessitated the use of artificial contraception for some of the women, something the Catholic church opposes.

Irish Independent

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