Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fr Paddy slams ‘secretive selection’ of new bishop

Fr Paddy slams ‘secretive selection’ of new bishop

Last Updated Aug 2010
By: Suzanne Pender

A LOCAL priest has this week revealed his lack of confidence in the “secretive, non-consultative and greatly imbalanced” process of selecting the new Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

Five months after the shock resignation of Bishop Jim Moriarty, Fr Paddy Byrne, CC, Bagenalstown has this week lashed the “no change” mentality within the Church.

“I find myself somewhat cynical and deeply frustrated by the ‘no change’ mentality that continues to govern in Rome,” Fr Paddy writes in his column in The Nationalist.

“The process of selecting our new bishop again belongs to the culture and mentality of ‘no change’. As a priest in the diocese, I have no confidence in a process that is secretive, non-consultative and greatly imbalanced. The reality is that Rome decides who our next bishop will be. A fundamental in that selection is the ‘safe pair of hands’ mentality. Being loyal to dysfunctional structures is always rewarded. The safe pair of hands is perhaps why there is such a lack of creativity and vision in our Irish Church presently,” Fr Byrne argues.

“Secret letters to and from the Papal Nuncio, regarding possible candidates for our new bishop, is a very disturbing reality that needs to challenged,” he says.

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