Bishop to quit after break-up

02 November 2006

THE BISHOP of Cashel & Ossory, in Ireland, the Rt Revd Peter Barrett, resigned on Wednesday, citing separation from his wife, Anne, as the reason.

The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Neill, accepted Bishop Barrett's resignation with immediate effect.

Bishop Barrett's statement said: "It is with a heavy heart and soul that I write to you. . . I regret very much to inform you that I am no longer able to cherish my marriage with the love my supportive wife, Anne, so deserves. As a result, I shall be separating from her on my own volition.

"Consequently, I am unable in all conscience to serve you as Bishop with integrity." The Bishop, who is 50 and was consecrated to Cashel & Ossory in 2003, said that "It has been an undeserved privilege to serve alongside my colleagues in the House of Bishops." He asked for forgiveness from bishops, clergy, parishioners, and the Kilkenny College community.

He writes: "Above all, it is to my wife and children, who have to bear the burdens of anger, disappointment and pain, that I express my profound sorrow."

He hoped that "as a family, we shall be afforded space to deal with our shattered emotions as we try to rebuild our lives in the context of an uncertain future."

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