Vatican appoints assistant to Brady

January 21, 2013

The Vatican has announced the appointment of an assistant bishop in the Archdiocese of Armagh, working under Cardinal Sean Brady.

The new bishop is Monsignor Eamon Martin, current Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Derry.

He has been given the role of Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh and will eventually become likely to be the Cardinal’s successor.

Speaking at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in the city on Friday, the respected cleric said he is “humbled and honoured” to serve as bishop in the Archdiocese of Armagh.

Addressing the issue of abuse in his speech following his appointment, Monsignor Martin said: “One of the greatest challenges facing our Church is to acknowledge, live with, and learn from the past, including the terrible trauma caused by abuse. I think today of all those who have been abused by clergy, and the hurt and betrayal they have experienced.  As the words on the Healing Stone at the International Eucharistic Congress remind us – they have been left with a lifelong suffering.

“I am saddened that many good Catholics were let down so badly over the issue of abuse and that some have even stopped practising their faith,” he added.