02 October 2014, The Tablet

‘I felt I had done wrong and I must go’

The Bishop of Arundel and Brighton resigned this week after a Sunday newspaper revealed that he broke his vow of celibacy. His departure is a blow for the diocese and the wider Church The sense of speaking from the heart has long been considered one of Kieran Conry’s particular gifts. In his last published remarks prior to his resignation last weekend, he talked about older churchgoers who complain about noisy children in church. The sound of children is “a really good noise” and to say otherwise is “dreadful”, he told journalists at a press conference, which he led as the bishop responsible for evangelisation and catechesis.Such common sense humanity is valuable in a bishop and many Catholics in his Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and beyond say they are so
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User Comments (1)

Comment by: Brigid
Posted: 04/10/2014 20:28:09

Bishop Conry went to the Junior seminary at much too young an age. He's honest and he's very human. How many people are so perfect that they never have succombed to temptation. He needs time to think about his situation. He needs to be treated justly and with compasssion. I knew a Holy Ghost Father who also wnet to Junior seminary at the Age of 11. It's much too Young to decide what to do with your later life. He liked the ladies very much! It was a good solution for his Mother whose husband had died young. In this way young people get the chance of a good education They should be left to decide at a much later stage of their development. I would much rather have a Priest or Bishop like this than a child abuser.