A number of priests are to be moved to new parishes in the diocese of Cloyne as others take time out to study.
Up to seven priests are to move from their positions following the resignation of Midleton’s vicar general and parish priest, Rev Msgr Eamon Goold.
He will continue as vicar general of the diocese.
The former diocesan secretary, Jim Killeen, will become Midleton’s parish priest and vicar forane at the Midleton Deanery.
Blarney parish priest and former child protection delegate, William Bermingham, is to take time out to complete studies on sabbatical.
Buttevant parish priest, Fr Michael Fitzgerald, will take over his position in Blarney.
Fr Eugene Baker, who was on study leave, will take up a parish priest role in Buttevant, while Fr John Ryan, parish priest at Aghinagh, will move to Midleton.
Canon Donal Roberts will continue as administrator of Aghinagh Parish. Midleton curate, Fr Gerard Cremin, is to take time out to study.
Bishop William Crean urged the people of Cloyne to “pray for those who are currently in a time of transition in their ministry”.
Last month there was controversy in Cloyne when a Social Democrats election candidate was removed from Cobh Cathedral’s rota of Church readers due to his stance on abortion. At Mass, Ken Curtin discovered that he would no longer be allowed to read in St Colman’s Cathedral due to his party’s pro-choice policies.
Bishop Crean met with Mr Curtin in the days afterwards, but the decision, made by Fr John Mc Carthy, was not reversed.
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