Priests hit out at selection of new bishops
Pope Francis's representative in Ireland has come under fire from a prominent group of Irish priests over his selection of a series of like-minded new bishops.
In a statement yesterday, the Association of Catholic Priests, which has a membership of over 1,000 Irish clerics, charged the Papal Nuncio with choosing "narrow-minded" bishops.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Fr Brendan Hoban, a spokesman for the ACP, warned that given the "critical circumstances" of the Irish Church at the moment, leadership demands bishops with "very different gifts".
American prelate, Archbishop Charles Brown, was appointed as Papal Nuncio in November 2011. He has played a central role in the selection of 10 bishops for the dioceses of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Cashel, Cloyne, Derry, Elphin, Kerry, Kildare, Killaloe, Limerick and Waterford.
He is currently in the process of appointing six more bishops for Clonfert, Cork, Galway, Meath, Ossory and Raphoe. He will have had a role in selecting new leaders for a total of 60pc or 16 of the 26 dioceses here.
The Papal Nuncio and a spokesperson for the Irish Catholic Bishops did not respond to requests for comment last night.