Another Bishop had condemned the government’s decision to close the Irish embassy to the Vatican.

Bishop of Kerry Dr Bill Murphy joined the growing criticism of the decision in a radio interview at the weekend.

He told Radio Kerry that the decision made no sense and questioned the reasons behind it as relations between Church and State deteriorate.

“I do not believe it was made for purely economic reasons,” said Bishop Murphy. “Compare the estimated savings of about €700,000 to what some RTÉ stars were paid.

“The Holy See worked quietly behind the scenes and is a hugely important force.

“Ireland operates a mission to Ramallah in the West Bank, which is not a state, and closing the embassy just does not make sense.”



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