Pope Appoints new Bishop to Killaloe Ireland


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(18 May 10 - RV) On Tuesday, Pope Benedict appointed Fr. Kieran O'Reilly superior general of the Society of African Missions, as bishop of Killaloe Ireland.

He succeeds Bishop William Walsh, who retired from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon having reached the age limit.

Also in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, the Primate of All Ireland has asked Pope Benedict XVI for ‘for additional support for my work, at Episcopal level'. The Cardinal has also asked that the upcoming Apostolic Visitation of the Church in Ireland, announced by Pope Benedict XVI, be extended to the Archdiocese of Armagh.

The Cardinal revealed these steps to the general public Monday as he launched the Second Annual Report of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Cardinal Sean Brady summarised the report's finding in two brief sentences: "Firstly, that children should be safer today within the Church than they once were. Secondly, those that seek to harm children should feel much less secure".

Launching the text Monday the Primate of All Ireland also welcomed the news that 2,356 men and women have been trained and are now acting as child safeguarding representatives in Parishes across the country, with coverage of all Parishes to be achieved in the coming months.

"There is no room for complacency", he said, noting how the "tragic experience of the past" as highlighted in the Ryan and Murphy Reports issued earlier this year remind us that constant vigilance and accountability is needed.

Quoting from Pope Benedict XVI's Pastoral Letter to Irish Catholics, Cardinal Brady said "Only decisive action carried out with complete honesty and transparency will restore the respect and good will of the Irish people towards the Church"

On a more personal note the leader of the Island Nation's Catholics expressed his gratitude to "all those whom I have met over recent weeks as part of my own reflection on the next steps we might take. I listened firstly to those who are survivors of abuse. Some of these meetings were made known to the public while others were held in private at the request of those I was meeting".

With regards his own diocese, that of Armagh, the Cardinal also announced that Northern Ireland's new Independent Safeguarding Authority, will in future be this statutory authority and not the Church that will decide who is permitted to work with children.

The Cardinal concludes that "To assist me in addressing the vital work of healing, repentance and renewal, including engagement with survivors of abuse, as well as the many other challenges and opportunities which confront the Diocese of Armagh and the Church in Ireland at this time, I have asked Pope Benedict XVI for additional support for my work, at Episcopal level".