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Reports of Archbishops' stance on Vatican plan "speculative"

It is being reported that the number of dioceses in Ireland is to be reduced, and that Ireland’s Archbishops are unhappy. However a spokesperson for the Irish Bishops’ Conference dismissed this as “speculative”.

IRELAND’S ARCHBISHOPS ARE reported to be against a Vatican plan to cut the number of diocese in the country.

According to The Irish Catholic, Cardinal Seán Brady is leading the four Archbishops in their stance.

However, a spokesperson for the Catholic Communications Office told that they would not comment on the article as it was “speculative”.

The paper says that following the Apostolic Visitation to Ireland, reducing dioceses was part of mooted reforms.

It states that the Archbishops would prefer that number to stand at 100,000 Catholics per dioceses, rather than 300,000 as suggested.

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