Irish-born bishop to head new Vatican department for Laity, Family and Life

Aug 17, 2016 | 0 comments


Bishop Kevin Farrell. (Credit: Ron Baselice/ The Dallas Morning News.)

John Allen writes:

“By naming Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas on Wednesday as the first head of the Vatican’s newly created mega-department for Laity, Family, and Life, Pope Francis has accomplished two things at once: He’s handed another major victory to pastoral moderates, and he’s also further disabused notions that he’s cool to Americans.

“(Farrell, 68, isn’t American by birth since he was born in Dublin and came of age in Ireland, but by now he’s spent almost half his life in the States, including the last 14 years as an American bishop.)”

How well known is Bishop Farrell by Ireland’s bishops, one wonders.  Doubtless they will all be meeting up in Dublin in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families – if not before.

To read John Allen’s complete Crux article on Bishop Farrell, click here.


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