Pope accepts Bishop Devine's resignation
Pope Francis had today, 31 May 2013, accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph Devine, as Bishop of Motherwell.
Bishop Joseph Toal, Bishop of Argyll & the Isles will act as Apostolic Administrator until a successor is appointed.
Commenting on the announcement, Bishop Devine said;
30 years is around 11,000 days and well over 10,000 of these days have been very happy ones for me.
Of course there have been sad days, days in which I presided at the funerals of over 80 priests, 3 of them were barely 40 years old.
But after such a long time in office I will be very glad, like the old soldier, simply to fade away.
I will always treasure the deep fondness I have for the people of Lanarkshire. I am profoundly appreciative of their loyalty, support
and generosity “ and not only from my own congregations but from people of all faiths and none. In particular I send a heartfelt thank
you to many members of the Church of Scotland and Evangelical Churches for their constant and steadfast support to me throughout
my many public campaigns in defence of Christian truths and values. Were it not for the support of my Presbyterian friends I am not
certain I would have been able to contribute to the public debate to the extent I did. Please remember me in your prayers.
Reacting to his appointment, Bishop Toal said;
"I am happy to accept the request of the Holy Father to become the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Motherwell,
before a permanent appointment of a new bishop is made. I will strive to serve the diocese and the church in every way I can.
I offer my thanks to Bishop Devine for his long service to the diocese and I look forward to working with the clergy, religious
and lay faithful of Motherwell."
Catholic Media Office
5 St. Vincent Place
0141 221 1168
Text of Holy See announcement:
RINUNCIA DEL VESCOVO DI MOTHERWELL (SCOZIA)
Il Santo Padre Francesco ha accettato la rinuncia al governo pastorale della diocesi di
Motherwell (Scozia), presentata da S.E. Mons. Joseph Devine, in conformitÃ al canone 401 § 1
del Codice di Diritto Canonico.
BOLLETTINO N. 0340 - 31.05.2013 2