April 24, 2006

Diocese of Ferns celebrates bishop appointment

Irish Examiner

By Neans McSweeney, South-East Correspondent
A DIOCESE that was at the centre of a clerical child sex abuse scandal was yesterday celebrating the appointment of its new bishop.

Bishop of Ferns, Denis Brennan, yesterday remembered those who had suffered in the diocese.

“Today is about persons who were abused by priests of the diocese, about their struggle to be listened to and believed, about their ongoing search for healing,” he said.

Speaking as he was given responsibility for 49 parishes, 101 churches, and 100,464 Catholics, he said he was “honoured” to take up the position.

“It’s a call I thought I would never receive. Since I have, with the help of God, and the help and support of the priests and people of the diocese, I will accept it and will do my best in every way I can, as faithfully and as lovingly as I can.”

Posted by kshaw at April 24, 2006 09:10 AM