by Anura Guruge
On November 4, 2011, Ireland, nominally 85% Catholic, surprised the world and stunned the Vatican by announcing that it was closing its embassy to the Holy See. The roots of this rift, as is to be expected, has to do with the child abuse coverup crimes. Here is a summary of some of what had taken place over the summer, with rogue bishop John Magee, secretary to three popes, responsible for quite a bit of the unbecoming shenanigans.
Today, November 23, 2011, the Vatican announced that the pope had accepted the resignation of the 71-year old Bishop of Derry, Seamus Hegarty — Hegarty having tendered his resignation two weeks prior, citing an unspecified, but drastic, illness. The nominal retirement age for diocesan bishops, per Canon Law, is 75.
At first sight, at face value, this would appear to be an innocuous, regretful retirement of, alas, another ailing bishop. But there appears to be more to this, and again, regretfully, it has to do with the child abuse coverup crimes. Here are some of the other facts that make you realize that this was no ordinary poor health-related retirement:
† Magee’s downfall was the infamous Cloyne Report, produced by an Irish government appointed panel,
that found fault with ‘white lies’ Magee. Well there is a similar Child-Abuse Raphoe Report, this time authorized by the church coming out very shortly, and guess what, Raphoe was Hegarty’s previous seat. The current bishop of Raphoe already has the report but as yet to publish it! So, Hegarty’s retirement seems to be timed to occur prior
to the publication of this report. The expectations are that Hegarty will feature prominently, but not favorably, in this report. Not good.
† With Hegarty’s departure (albeit with a good pension), 7 of Ireland’s 26 Catholic dioceses, i.e., 27%, are without bishops (per AP)!
† Of the other 6 Irish bishops to ‘retire’ since 2009, only 3 had reached the 75-year retirement age.
† Three of the Irish bishops that have ‘retired’ since 2009, Magee being one of these, have been involved in the sex abuse crime spree!
† The Vatican, in this case under the curial leadership of my #1 papabile, His Eminence, Lord Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., appears to be Grandstanding the fact that they are in no hurry to fill the vacant bishoprics.
† 11 of Ireland’s 26 Catholic dioceses, i.e., 42%, have, on paper, less than 100,000 Catholics. Church attendance is at an all time low. A growing belief is that the Vatican plans to reduce the number of Catholic dioceses in Ireland — thus reducing the number of Irish bishops that will have to be closely supervised for transgression! The rift widens and gets deeper.