Head of Irish Catholic Church offers resignation

Cardinal Brady
Cardinal Brady

By staff reporter

Cardinal Sean Brady said Archbishop Eamon Martin would replace him as soon as the Pope accepted his resignation.

In a statement, the Catholic Primate said that his coadjutor Archbishop Eamon Martin would take his place as the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland when his resignation was accepted by Pope Francis.

Cardinal Brady, who turns 75 tomorrow, said in the statement:  “Last month I offered my resignation to Pope Francis in accordance with the requirement of Canon Law. I did so in anticipation of my 75th birthday which I will celebrate tomorrow.

“On January 18, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI acceded to my request for episcopal support and Archbishop Eamon Martin was appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh.

“This means that as soon as Pope Francis accepts my resignation, Archbishop Eamon will become Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.

“Archbishop Eamon has been warmly welcomed into the diocese. He has worked tirelessly in getting to know its priests, religious and lay faithful, as well as by becoming involved in every aspect of the life of the Church in Armagh and beyond.”

“I look forward to the day when my resignation will be accepted and when Archbishop Eamon will take over as Archbishop, a position for which, I believe, he is excellently prepared.”

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