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Bishop Joseph Devine submits resignation on his 75th birthday

Bishop Joseph Devine of Motherwell submitted his resignation to the Vatican on his 75th birthday on Tuesday, following Church tradition and Canon law.

A spokesman for the bishop said Motherwell’s Catholics should not expect any overnight changes, however.

“He has submitted it, as is standard practice,” the spokesman said. “However, how quickly things will proceed from here is anyone’s guess. There is the added complication that both Dunkeld and Paisely Dioceses are currently being run by administrators so they may take precedence but all he can do is await the response from Rome.”

Bishop Devine was installed as Bishop of Motherwell in 1983, having been ordained an auxiliary bishop of Glasgow six years earlier at the age of 39.

At the celebration of his golden jubilee two years ago, Bishop Devine indicated he had no fears over the quality of his successor, saying ‘there are a lot of talented priests in Motherwell.’

At the same event, Cardinal Keith O’Brien hailed him for being ‘fearless’ in his defence of Christian values.

“Bishop Joe is the bishop who isn’t afraid to speak his mind and proclaim the Christian message,” he said.

“He is fearless in his proclamation.”

The bishop is well known for his forthright defence of Catholicism and was particularly vociferous last year in criticising the Scottish Government’s plans to legalise same-sex ‘marriage.’

“The view of the Church is clear,” the bishop said. “No government can rewrite human nature; the family and marriage existed before the state. Marriage is a unique relationship ordained by God to form a sacred union between a man and a woman to love and cherish each other and to nurture the human race through the procreation of children. The institution of marriage should not be corrupted by the transient fashions of society or by malevolent forces seeking to undermine the place of religious faith in society.”

 

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  1. Annie says:

    A resignation not to soon for the “outspoken” Bishop.

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