April 19, 2006

Comiskey to avoid Ferns ceremony

Irish Independent

THE former Bishop of Ferns, Brendan Comiskey, will not be present at the investature of his successor on Sunday in St Aidan's Cathedral, writes John Cooney.

A spokesperson for the Ferns diocese, Fr John Carroll, said last night that "some time back Bishop Comiskey indicated to Bishop-elect Denis Brennan that he will not be in attendance at his ordination next Sunday".


Bishop Comiskey, who resigned four years ago, was strongly criticised in October's Ferns Inquiry report for his handling of child clerical sex abuse cases.

On Monday he was at the centre of huge media attention when he said Mass at the funeral of Dr Peter Kavanagh, the brother of the famous Irish poet, Patrick, in the village of Iniskeen, Co Monaghan.

Posted by kshaw at April 19, 2006 01:30 AM