One Irish bishop out, but the others of the “Dublin Five” appear to be heading toward a showdown with a brother bishop, Diarmuid Martin. According to the news link, Archbishop Martin will petition Rome for the removal of these bishops if they don’t resign. However, I didn’t read any specifics on the “emergence,” only this paragraph worded in passive voice:
Yesterday it emerged that if the four bishops — who say they did no wrong — do not stand down voluntarily on the principle of collective responsibility, Archbishop Martin will petition the Congregation of Bishops in Rome to remove them early in 2010.
Anybody from the religion watch hear anything more of this? Rock has nothing public since reporting on Donal Murray’s accepted abdication from Limerick last Wednesday.
It’s a cliche that the Church works slowly, sometimes like a glacier. Yet ordinary human beings live in a world less icy, especially when feeling run hot for the injustice of certain crimes and the slow reactions which can just as easily be interpreted as a boy’s club loyalty. Archbishop Martin is positioning himself, at the very least, as something of the avenging angel for Irish sensibility on these bishops. If the bishops in question stick, and petition to Rome is denied, I can imagine a certain chilliness in Irish bishops’ meeting in the years to come.