It sounds to me as though Diarmuid Martin was gunning for the Bishop of Limerick on Prime Time last night. Those mentioned in the report must come out and publicly say: “I made mistakes and I go or I didn’t make mistakes. It is not enough for people in another diocese to decide”. But as Will Crawley points out, the Catholic church nationally is singularly lacking in the authority to demand the resignation of a Bishop. That power lies only with the Pope. Who remains remarkable silent on the matter.
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