New Bishop of Derry installed

Churches must be ‘critical friends’

Past and present; former Bishop Hegarty alongside current Bishop McKeown.

The new Roman Catholic Bishop of Derry Dr. Donal McKeown who was installed on Sunday in Derry’s St. Eugene’s Cathedral has said churches have to play the role of ‘critical friends’.

Speaking at the ceremony on Sunday afternoon Bishop McKeown directly addressed the political situation in the North.

He said: “I know that many politicians are embarrassed at the failure of the NI Assembly to focus on delivering the reforms that people need. But, as Churches, we cannot merely criticise them.

“We have the chance to play the part of critical friends, speaking on behalf of the many who feel that human need are being neglected in the service of political priorities.”

He told the congregation: “Many people feel prisoners of their past while others seem to glide on, presumed masters of their future.

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