Bishops for Today's Ireland
It is natural for priests generally to welcome a Bishop of native stock. They may know him as someone who will not rock the boat nor launch it far out from the comfort zone.In the process they may not give due weight to the challenge of white water in the offering.
As never before this is where leadership is at stake today. We are coming to appreciate the value of those Irish priests with broad experience in churches outside of Ireland.Some of those have served as Superiors of international congregations across the world.They have experience of what leadership means on the ground when new modes of evangalisation are required.They have been managing crises as a matter of course.
They have been tested for quality like god in the furnace. The Home Church is now aware of what they have to offer us.