- Jun 17, 2006
he says he will make a statement in the near future- probably to tell us that he tried his best but the Vatican said No like a good Paisley-
Ill-health - a euphemism for alcoholism? Mental Health Issues?A spokesperson for the Catholic diocese of Dromore said Bishop McAreavey had been "very surprised" at Fr Finnegan's "unannounced attendance" at the Mass.
It is understood that because Fr Finnegan's ill health made him increasingly difficult to manage, a last-minute decision was taken not to confront him beforehand.
The spokesperson said the bishop visited Fr Finnegan a few days later and remonstrated with him for attending the Mass.
he should not have been able to resign, he should have been removed by the church long ago. Are the ones above him now going to resign for letting him stay for so long?
https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0301/944458-bishop-mcareavey-resignation/In the two-line statement, Dr McAreavey said: "Following media reports which have disturbed and upset many people in the Diocese and further afield, I have decided to resign with immediate effect.
Brady was & is a disgrace,,, he never accepted any “real” culpability for his part in the smith affair ... disgusting individual and I’m certain he (& gobsh1tes like him) did the Catholic Church in Ireland an incredible amount of harm .... his ignorant & arrogant refusal to accept any blame for the incidents themselves & also his subsequent attempts to stifle the release of pertinent documents etc.. really have had an incredible impact on how modern days Catholics see the institution....
Probably not, but as the Bishop had already come into the media spotlight there might hve been more attention given to what was already public knowledge; as a canon lawyer Bishop McAreavey had been involved in the cover-up of of at least one criminal cleric, and so had permitted that criminal priest to continue his atrocities.Seems a bit strange as all this happened 20 odd years ago....
Bishop McAreavy facing calls to resign - BBC News ...
While there might be some credibility in the decision to let him participate rather than risk a scene in 2000, there is no way to explain McAreavey conducting Finnegan's Funeral Mass in 2002.
Is there more to come out?
I'm amazed that such a poor OP didn't end up in the Zoo.And I'm confused as to why this thread is in the Northern Ireland forum.
His activities as a canon-lawyer weren't confined to Northern Ireland; the criticism of him in the Murphy Report related to a matter in the Dublin Diocese.
Would a funeral mass by a Bishop not be seen as in some way being honoured? The Notorious Brendan Smyth had a 3:30 AM Requiem mass attended by 7 Norbertine Priests , a few locals and none of his family, and he was buried by the lights of a Hearse at 4:15 AM.