Skip to comments.'High profile' Church officials named...for Apostolic Visitation to Ireland (Catholic Caucus)
Posted on 05/31/2010 1:52:49 PM PDT by NYer
.- The first big phase in the renewal process of the Catholic Church in Ireland begins next fall. On Monday, "high profile" Church officials with "great specific experience" from the UK, Ireland and North America were named to head the Apostolic Visitation the Holy Father promised Irish Catholics last March.
A statement delivered personally by Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi to journalists in the Holy Sees Press Office on Monday outlines Pope Benedicts nominations for the Visitors to the four metropolitan archdioceses of Ireland and the country's seminaries and religious houses.
He called those nominated "figures of high profile and great specific experience for the posts received."
Apostolic Visitors to Ireland's four archdioceses are Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, Emeritus Archbishop of Westminster for the Archdiocese of Armagh, Cardinal Archbishop of Boston Sean Patrick OMalley for the Archdiocese of Dublin, Archbishop of Toronto Thomas Christopher Collins for the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly and Archbishop of Ottawa Terrence Thomas Prendergast for the Archdiocese of Tuam.
Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan has been tapped to work along with the Congregation for Catholic Education in examining centers of priestly formation including the Irish College in Rome.
The visitation of religious houses will be organized by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and carried out by four leaders from religious communities who possess what Fr. Lombardi called broad competence in formation and religious government.
Redemptorist Fr. Joseph Tobin and Jesuit Fr. Gero McLaughlin will be the Visitors to mens orders, while Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Sharon Holland and Jesus and Mary Sr. Mairin McDonagh, the only Irish Visitor, will occupy themselves with womens houses.
According to the statement, the objectives of the visitation are to more deeply explore questions concerning the handling of cases of abuse and the assistance owed to the victims and monitor the effectiveness of and seek possible improvements to the current procedures for preventing abuse.
It concludes with an invitation from Pope Benedict XVI for prayers of support from Irish Catholics for the initiative and his invocation of Gods blessings for their increased faith and hope and renewed fervor in the Christian life.
Fr. Lombardi told journalists that the timeframe of the visitation is not yet determined, it is noted that the visitation will begin in Autumn 2010. He also emphasized that Apostolic Visitors are not Delegates, who eventually carry out the service of renewal in areas of need highlighted by the results of visitations.
The Holy Father had told Irish Catholics in his Apostolic Letter on March 19 that an Apostolic Visitation would be forthcoming.
too late about the caucus thread I already posted
Pope Benedict continues to set an energetic agenda for himself and the Church.
I would collapse in a week.
Sound like Holy Father take care of business in Ireland
You posted after I posted the caucus.
I was in the process of composing and posted and then read your post.
What an ironic turn-a-bout. To have Irish prelates on the receiving side of Papal review.
I hope the Irish people find it within themselves to revive the Church and ignore those who would like it torn down from the inside or outside.
The Church isn't in the business of promoting suicide.
If condoms 1) have a real world failure rate at preventing pregnancy of 15%, and 2) a woman can only get pregnant 7 days a month, but 3) a sexual partner can get AIDS from any sexual contact any day of the month, what religion in its right mind would promote condoms to prevent AIDS?
Only one that either doesn't care about its adherents, or actually prefers its adherents...dead.