Limerick priests hopeful new bishop will be appointed by Christmas

Limerick Leader

By Mike Dwane
Published on Thursday 29 November 2012

CHURCH sources this week expressed hope that a new Bishop of Limerick will be appointed in the coming weeks and Catholics won’t face into a fourth Christmas without a figurehead in the diocese.

It follows the appointment of Canon William Crean as Bishop of Cloyne more than two years after the resignation of John Magee.

The sudden nature of that appointment – after such a long wait – is said to have taken Cork priests by surprise.

Limerick’s wait for a new bishop has been even longer. Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Donal Murray a week before Christmas in 2009 after his handling of child sex abuse complaints in Dublin in the 1980s was criticised in the Murphy Report.

“We are hopeful that we will have a bishop in place in the next few weeks, hopefully this side of Christmas,” said one Limerick priest.

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