NEWS — 28 July 2014

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By staff reporter

THE Enniskillen-based priest Fr D’Arcy has revealed he is fighting prostate cancer.

One of Ireland’s best known priests, also a popular columnist and broadcaster, the 69-year-old said he is feeling ‘fine’ as he battles to overcome the disease, which he was diagnosed with earlier this year.

“I don’t really like saying too much about it,” Fr D’Arcy told the Belfast Telegraph. “It’s prostate cancer, which any man can get at any stage. I haven’t said much about it because it’s putting yourself in the limelight, but thankfully I’m overcoming it.”

Fr D’Arcy, speaking during an in-depth interview with the paper, spoke of being formally censured by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in April 2012, which wrote to the Superior General of his religious order, the Passionists, accusing him of being “a source of great scandal”.

He said the stress of that time may not have caused the cancer, but certainly didn’t do his health any good: “In the end I said to myself, am I going to let a crowd in Rome destroy my health?”

He said he was doing well and had not let the cancer get in the way of his work. He said: “I’m old enough to realise that when you think you’re fine there is probably something wrong.

“Not many people have been aware of the fact I’ve cancer, I never hid the fact, but very few people have referred to it.”

Fr D’Arcy entered the priesthood at aged 17 and is Rector of St Gabriel’s Retreat in the Graan, near Enniskillen. He has penned a popular column for the Sunday World for almost 40 years.

 

 

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