7 March 2009
Statement by Bishop Magee on the appointment of Archbishop Dermot Clifford as Apostolic Administrator in the Diocese of Cloyne
Bishop Magee welcomes the appointment of Archbishop Dermot Clifford as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cloyne. Bishop Magee had requested the Holy See on the 4th of February last to appoint an Apostolic Administrator who would carry out the ordinary governance of the Diocese of Cloyne. This means that the governance of the Diocese has now been transferred to Archbishop Clifford and that he has been given all the powers and duties of the Bishop of Cloyne. Bishop Magee retains the title of Bishop of Cloyne.
This appointment will enable Bishop Magee to devote the necessary time and energy to cooperating fully with the government Commission of Inquiry into child protection practices and procedures in the Diocese of Cloyne, as he has already committed himself to do.
Bishop Magee is grateful to the Holy Father for the appointment of Archbishop Dermot Clifford as Apostolic Administrator of Cloyne.
Bishop Magee will address the people of the Diocese in a statement at 6pm Mass in St. Colman’s Cathedral this evening (Saturday March 7th.)
Fr. Jim Killeen, 087 2053938
Note to editors:
Bishop Magee will address the people at the 6pm Mass in St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, this evening (Saturday March 7t ) The Bishops remarks will be issued to media at 5.45 under embargo, and posted on the diocesan website at www.cloynediocese.ie at 6.30pm