Sensation as Vatican overrules Dublin archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Reinstates two bishops after he had forced their resignations
In the days following the announcement of the resignation letters, an intensive letter-writing campaign got underway and dozens of clerics and laity wrote to the Vatican to protest at the way the two long-serving prelates had been treated by Archbishop Martin.
Bishop Eamonn Walsh in particular must have felt hard-done-by. He had appeared alongside Archbishop Martin at the initial press conference on the afternoon Judge Yvonne Murphy issued her devastating report in to the cover up of abuse in Dublin.
It’s not yet clear when the Pope told Archbishop Martin that he would not be accepting the resignation of the two prelates. Dublin has probably known about the decision for at least two weeks. The Vatican grinds to a halt and virtually closes down for the entire month of August as the Pope departs the heat of Rome for his summer residence and his advisors enjoy theferragosto holiday.
The Vatican, it seems likely that in a bid to save embarrassment a compromise was hatched. For the Italian-dominated Curia, la brutta figura (a bad public impression) is to be avoided at all costs and compromise becomes the order of the day. In his letter to the priests this week the archbishop notes: “following the presentation of their resignations to Pope Benedict, it has been decided that Bishop Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field will remain as Auxiliary Bishops.”
He goes on to say they “are to be assigned revised responsibilities within the diocese”. He did not specify what these revised responsibilities would involve, but he is now left with two auxiliary bishops who he evidently does not want.
No matter how balmy our Indian summer is this year in Ireland, the next meeting in Archbishop’s house with his exonerated bishops will certainly not be frost free.
(Garry O’Sullivan is editor of the Irish Catholic and broke this story)
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