THE DROMORE BASED PRIEST - FATHER EAMON MURRAY - HAS APPEARED ON THE BBC NOLAN PROGRAMME TO CONDEMN THE APPOINTMENT OF BISHOP PHILIP (PHYLIS) BOYCE AS THE CARETAKER BISHOP OF DROMORE.
Father Murray (44) who is originally from Magherafelt in Co. Derry, is now living in the Dromore diocese in a church property. He had to retire early after a series of cardiac problems from being a parish priest in Northampton and Luton.
His parishes were deeply sorry to lose Father Murray who, according to all reports, is a gentle and caring priest.
But yesterday on BBC Radio Ulster Father Murray told Nolan:
"As a resident of Dromore I do not want Boyce living in and running this diocese". He was criticised when he was the Bishop of Raphoe for failures in relation to child safeguarding over the case of the Donegal paedophile priest, Father Eugene Greene".
Boyce is not wanted here. Dromore is in a total mess and Boyce and an ex-bishop with a reputation is going to make things so much worse".
Father Murray told Nolan that he had been talking to ordinary people in Dromore who do not want Boyce either.
Furthermore, he said that things were so bad in Dromore now that he is ashamed to wear his Roman collar on the street for fear of being accused of being a paedophile.
While officially a priest of Northampton diocese Father Murray has been ministering in Northern Ireland dioceses and is fully police checked etc for this ministry.
He passed all his safeguarding procedures through the Archdiocese of Armagh office and it's child safeguarding officer Mr. David Gordan.
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Subsequent to that vetting he has been doing supply and holiday work for the parish priest of Magherafelt - Father John Gates - a former senior official of Armagh diocese.
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Furthermore, Bishop John McAreavey has been asking Father Murray to help in Dromore.
During the Nolan programme today Father Murray, who claimed he was afraid of losing his home and income, was inundated with calls of support from people across the religious divide.
Both Protestants and Catholics are commending Father Murray for condemning the appointment of Boyce to Dromore.
I totally agree with Father Murray's sentiments and with him, I call upon The Vatican and the Papal Nuncio NOT to send the 80 year Boyce into Dromore.
Anyone wishing to communicate with the brave Father Murray can contact him through the Nolan Show or send an email here which I will have passed on to him.
I am asking people to stand up and be counted and not allow the Church to persecute Father Murray for saying what many people and priests are thinking.
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