Statement by Archbishop Dermot Clifford on His Appointment As Apostolic Administrator to the Diocese of Cloyne

Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference
March 7, 2009

On 4 February last Bishop John Magee requested the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, to appoint an Apostolic Administrator to the Diocese of Cloyne. The Holy Father has acceded to this request and today has appointed me as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cloyne.

This means that the governance of the Diocese has now been transferred to me and that I have been given all the powers and duties of the Bishop of Cloyne. Bishop Magee retains the title of Bishop of Cloyne.

I look forward to serving the people and priests of Cloyne and to giving them pastoral leadership to the best of my ability. Coming from a neighbouring diocese, I know them to be a people with a proud tradition of faith.

I will give every possible cooperation to the Commission of Inquiry into the Diocese of Cloyne. I intend to meet with the College of Consultors, the Council of Priests, and the diocesan Child Protection Delegate as soon as possible. I ask for the prayers and support of the lay faithful, priests and religious of the Diocese of Cloyne.


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