Wednesday 22 November 2017

Mass-goers sad but not surprised by primate's exit

Ralph Riegel and Paddy Clancy

For many Mass-goers in Cobh, the departure of Dr John Magee after 23 years at the helm of the sprawling Cork diocese of Cloyne was greeted with sadness but little surprise.

"It was only a matter of time before he went, I suppose, because he wasn't running the diocese for the last year, was he?" said Pad O'Keeffe.

Sr Emmanuel, who described herself as a friend of the former bishop of Cloyne, said she was saddened by his departure and it was a blow for Cobh and the entire diocese.

"He has done wonderful things for both the church and the diocese," she said.

Others felt the timing of Dr Magee's departure was right for both the church and the diocese. One man -- who refused to be named -- said there was no way the bishop could remain in office because of the seriousness of the issues over child protection.

Meanwhile, more than 70 of the 80 priests in the diocese of Clogher joined their bishop, Joseph Duffy, for a day on Lough Derg, Co Donegal, which is known as St Patrick's Purgatory.

Bishop Duffy said: "There is a need for atonement. There is a need for conversion and there is a crying need for renewal of a radical nature in the church and if this is seen as a part of that then by all means."

Irish Independent

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