“Much of what the Catholic Church has built is crumbling before our eyes,” says the new bishop

The new Bishop of Galway said that “much of what the Church has built in Ireland over the past two centuries is crumbling before our eyes”.

Speaking to 1,400 people gathered yesterday at the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed and Saint Nicholas in Galway, Bishop Michael Duignan said that despite “the magnificent work that generations of priests, religious and priests are doing accomplished, “struggled”. laypersons”.

He admitted that there would be “a sense of real sadness” to let go of infrastructure, systems and pastoral practices that were useful in the past but now “hinder rather than encourage the life of faith.”

“It’s clear that going forward we’re going to be a smaller denomination,” unlike many who no longer believe, he said. Speaking of Irish Independent After the ceremony, Dr. Duignan, he does not intend to be pessimistic.

“I think there are a lot of structures that we need to get away from in order to develop new structures. It’s rebirth, it’s regrowth, it’s a reality check.”

A reduction in the number of Masses offered by parishes was one change he highlighted, saying it would allow for more holistic and Spirit-filled liturgies.

“People know that change is coming, they know that the way we do things now won’t last forever and that there may be a better way of doing things,” he said.

In his sermon, Dr. Duignan that the Church of Ireland is at a “liminal moment” and making a transition into the future.

He prayed that the Church would build bridges instead of barriers and that it would compassionately help those in need.

He also prayed for “less fear of those who see life differently than we do” and was aware of his own human weakness.

Elsewhere, he expressed hope that the church would be a denomination that would find its proper place in Irish society and that Irish society would find “a fair place for men of faith,” and that people, priests and the bishop would side aside “in a truly synodal manner”.

Galway is Ireland’s youngest diocese and the 51-year-old is the first Bishop of Galway to be born after the cathedral’s consecration in 1965. He succeeds Bishop Brendan Kelly.

Meanwhile, it was announced yesterday that the term of office of the papal nuncio, Archbishop Jude Okolo, in Ireland is coming to an end after six years.

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