“Uniting Dioceses: The Bill to Fill Canonries in Limerick Cathedral with Clergy from Ardfert and Aghadoe”

In an effort to strengthen ties between the dioceses of Limerick, Ardfert, and Aghadoe, the Bishop of Limerick moved to propose a bill allowing the bishop of Limerick to select clergy from the dioceses of Ardfert and Aghadoe to fill canonries in Limerick Cathedral.

Following the disestablishment of the Church, there were eleven canonries in Limerick Cathedral, which many felt were disproportionately large compared to the number of clergy. As a result, appointments to several canonries were suspended.

The dioceses of Ardfert and Aghadoe had no canonries, so it was desirable to bring their clergies closer to Limerick. This proposal aimed to achieve this goal, as evidenced when the Bishop of Cork seconded the motion, which was later adopted and passed during its first reading. The bill’s introduction sought to improve connections between these dioceses and facilitate more effective collaboration amongst the clergy.

Belfast News-Letter – Wednesday 25 April 1900

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