I have been in Dublin for past two weeks and had opportunities to speak with many priests and laity about situation of Church in Dublin and elsewhere
I was shocked to see the change in the priests. Formerly I knew them to be cheerful (always laughter in their presence); optimistic and loyal and willingly obedient to their Ordinary. Now I found them dismal, disillusioned and distressed, and very few with a good word to say about the bishops., particularly one who seems to be more interested in trying to ensure that he is "a great guy" in the eyes of the media.
Apparently the Feudal Bishop or Absolute Monarch now determines that priests are appointed to run a parish for nine years but only as administrator. The appointment of Parish Priests seems to be a thing of the past.
Towards end of nine years they can get a phone call saying you are being moved to XXX place as a curate.next week. . Consultation or explanation? You must be joking!
Even if at an "open" meeting of clergy called by the Ordinary, a priest who asks an "awkward" question could find himself transferred, without reason, the next week
Overall the laity, even those who might attend Mass only fortnightly ot monthly, as well as the many who participate daily, seem to be very supportive and appreciative of the priests they know in their parishes. The same laity appear to have little good to say about their bishop - and that is a big turnaround in opinion.
Several years ago Archbishop Dermot Ryaln who made a mess of Dublin was moved to Rome to be prefect for the Evangelisation Congregation. He died shortly afterwards and although not yet a Cardinal ws given a Cardinal's funeral in Rome. Many of us viewed it a a typical Roman Move - "promoveatur or removeatur." Maybe the time has come, if i is not overdue, to "let someone else be promoted in order to be removed"
On the other hand...maybe the Holy See has more than enough incompetents!
Pray for the dioceses of Dublin, Cashel and Emly and Cork