CIARAN O’CARROLL’S SUDDEN, MID YEAR DEPARTURE FROM THE IRISH COLLEGE IN ROME IS REMARKABLE.
It would have been unremarkable had it happened in June when the college closes for the summer
Is there a scandal at all behind the departure?
Or is it just that Diarmuid Martin wanted to set him up with a new job before he retires next month?
Or is he being put in place to be the new archbishop or a new auxiliary?
Has Dermo put in a word for him with the Congregation of Bishops?
It seems to be clear from some comments on this blog that he is not that popular with Dublin priests?
I think it might be important that the vicar for clergy be liked by the clergy he is vicar for?
We know Ciaran would have been involved in the decision not to retain Gorgeous in Rome.
We also know that Ciaran was involved in Conor Gannon’s and his colleagues exit from Rome.
Conor Gannon did ask both Diarmuid and Ciaran to issue a statement clarifying the leaving.
In justice and truth I think Conor Gannon was entitled to a clarifying statement.
It seems to me that there are far too many priests hanging around the archbishop’s house – many doing jobs that could be done well by lay people
Maybe the new arch will put them all out to parishes?