New appointments in scandal-hit Diocese of Dromore

Newry Cathedral Symbol caption The diocese has been rocked by means of child abuse allegations at colleges and parishes in Newry, County Down

The Catholic Diocese of Dromore has made senior appointments after posts have been left vacant within the wake of kid sexual abuse investigations.

It has been with out a bishop when you consider that Bishop John McAreavey resigned in March amid complaint over celebrating Mass with the paedophile Fr Malachy Finegan.

Fr Anthony Corr has been appointed as vicar general, that means he can “deputize for the bishop in his absence”.

The diocese additionally appointed a brief replacement for Canon Francis Brown.

Symbol caption Canon Francis Brown has denied any wrongdoing and hopes to go back to work in the future

Canon Brown is the topic of a police research and ultimate month he stepped aside from his function as administrator of Newry Cathedral Parish until the inquiry is whole.

Image copyright DIOCESE OF RAPHOE Symbol caption THE MOST RECENT clerical adjustments had been introduced by Bishop Philip Boyce

Bishop Boyce used to be given the stand-in position by means of Pope Francis in March, following Bishop John McAreavey’s resignation.

Bishop McAreavey had been criticised over his dealings with the past due Fr Malachy Finegan, who has been accused of a litany of ancient kid intercourse abuse.

The allegations date from while Fr Finegan was a parish priest in Hilltown, County Down, and through his time as a instructor in St Colman’s College in Newry.

He died in 2002 however the PSNI just lately arrange a devoted crew to investigate the circumstances of that abuse.

Symbol copyright Pacemaker Image caption Fr Malachy Finegan taught at St Colman’s Faculty in Newry and used to be later its president

However, Bishop Boyce’s caretaker appointment additionally proved to be controversial as a result of, in 2011, he was criticised for his coping with of clerical sex abuse allegations while he was once Bishop of Raphoe.

‘Transition period’

In a statement announcing the latest adjustments in Dromore, Bishop Boyce said: “The Principle position of the vicar common is to deputize for the bishop in his absence or disability.

“i am extremely joyful to appoint one in all the more youthful clergy, well known for his pastoral dynamism, to this function.”

Fr Corr is FIFTY FIVE years antique and is at first from Lurgan, County Armagh.

He has labored in several parishes but so much not too long ago served as parish priest of Donaghmore and Aghaderg.

The diocesan observation delivered that Bishop Boyce “will likely be making a collection of changes over the approaching months, in line with his venture to beef up the diocese in this transition duration”.

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