BY RALPH RIEGEL – 30 APRIL 2014
A VATICAN ruling on the dismissal of the priest at the centre of the Cloyne Report has been delayed after the elderly cleric lodged a full legal defence.
The priest, who is in poor health, is vigorously contesting his dismissal from the priesthood and is set to demand a personal hearing in Rome.
Known only by the pseudonyms Fr Ronat and Fr B, he is fighting his dismissal from the priesthood, which was recommended last year by an Irish canonical court.
The court, which suspended its investigation to allow Judge Yvonne Murphy to complete the Cloyne Report into how the sprawling Cork diocese hand-led clerical child abuse allegations, recommended the priest be dismissed, or defrocked, in March 2013. He was then given 15 days to indicate an appeal.
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