A few days back the best Catholic weekly in the UK, The Catholic Herald, posted a blurb that the Holy Father might visit Ireland in 2012.
Now I read on CNA:
Four Irish archbishops summoned to Rome to meet apostolic visitors
Rome, Italy, Sep 29, 2010 / 11:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Preparing for renewal in the Irish Catholic Church, the island’s four archbishops have been invited to meet with the apostolic visitors appointed to their archdioceses. The visitation is meant to aid the local Church as it works to better respond to cases of sexual abuse.
According to a press release from the Irish bishops’ media office, Cardinal Archbishop of Armagh Seán Brady, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Dermot Clifford, and Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary will make the trip over to Rome next week for discussions led by the Congregation for Bishops.
They will be meeting with the four apostolic visitors designated by the Pope to carry out the visitation he promised in the pastoral Letter to Irish Catholic released last March. A statement dated May 31 later outlined the scope of the visitation and provided the names of the visitors.
The visitors and the respective archdioceses subject to their examination are Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor to Armagh, Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley to Dublin; Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins to Cashel and Emly and Archbishop Terrence Thomas Prendergast to Tuam. [I am sure that the Holy Father knows what he is doing, but I can't help but think that perhaps it would have been a good idea to chose visitors from Anglophone regions in, say, Africa... India... men who haven't necessary been taken out to lunch at the best Roman restaurants or have been regulars at the cool kids' table.]
No mention was made in the statement of the apostolic visitations planned for Irish seminaries and religious houses.
Read the rest there. Discuss.