first_imgTHE Vatican wants to scrap smaller dioceses in Ireland – and Raphoe is one of them, has learned.It could mean that Bishop Philip Boyce could be the last ever bishop of Raphoe.The Irish Bishops are said to be resisting demands from the Pope that smaller dioceses are done away with and merged with others. The Irish Catholic newspaper also reports that the Vatican’s investigation into the Church in Ireland, known as the Apostolic Visitation, triggered the idea to perhaps reduce the 26 Irish dioceses.In February 2010, the month prior to the Visitation, Pope Benedict XVI had met with Irish bishops and Vatican officials have been “floating the reform” ever since.During that meeting, The Irish Catholic was told that many of the clergy were resisting the changes, but have realised in time that change is inevitable. They are, however, attempting to “minimize the cuts.”The dioceses which could disappear are Cashel and Emly, Achonry, Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Clogher, Clonfert, Dromore, Elphin, Killala, Kilmore, Ossory and here in Raphoe. A senior cleric in Raphoe told us yesterday: “It makes sense and Derry would be the natural alliance geographically.”© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on AT WAR: VATICAN WANTS TO SCRAP RAPHOE DIOCESE, BOYCE COULD BE LAST BISHOP was last modified: November 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bishop boyceraphoe dioceselast_img

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