Msgr Eamon Martin has skipped the perfunctory step of being an “ordinary” bishop and appears ready to leap right into an archbishopric when Cardinal Sean Brady’s retirement puts an end to a scandal-scarred ministry. Irish Times reporter interpreted Msgr Martin’s quote as exemplifying shock at being named coadjutor for Armagh:
I am very conscious of the great trust that the Holy Father has placed in me, but in truth I have to admit it was with considerable nervousness and trepidation that I accepted his call.
I’m a little surprised, too. A red hat see gets a Monsignor, though the man is a diocesan bureaucrat. Usually a high-profile see gets someone who has seen at least two other dioceses. Sometimes as many as four. Msgr Martin, however, has spent almost all of his clerical career as a teacher or school administrator. Never as a parish pastor.