Vatican announcement Re Diocese of Ferns

Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference
April 6, 2002

Vatican announcement Re Diocese of Ferns

It was announced today that the Holy Father has accepted the resignation tendered by the Most Reverend Brendan Comiskey, Bishop of Ferns, in accordance with Canon 401 § 2 of the Code of Canon Law.

At the same time, the Holy Father has appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese Ferns the Most Reverend Eamonn Walsh, Titular Bishop of Elmham and Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin.


6 April 2002


Canon 401 § 2 of the Code of Canon Law provides as follows:  “A diocesan Bishop who, because of illness or some other grave reason, has become unsuited for the fulfilment of his office, is earnestly requested to offer his resignation from office”.


An Apostolic Administrator is appointed temporarily when special or very serious circumstances prevent the normal governance of a diocese.  He governs in the name of the Holy Father and has all the powers and duties of a diocesan bishop.

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