Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Pope Francis © Paul Haring (KNA)
Diarmuid Martin, archbishop of Dublin since 2004, turns 75 this Wednesday. He thus reaches the age limit at which bishops must offer their resignation to the pope according to canon law.
Often, however, the pope leaves the leaders of important dioceses in office for some time beyond this age.
The investigation of numerous cases of sexual abuse
Martin's tenure marked by coming to terms with numerous cases of sexual abuse in Ireland in the past. The reputation of the once powerful church in the country has suffered greatly as a result.
Since August 2019, Catholic Ireland has been without voting rights in a possible papal election. Obvious candidates for the appointment of an elective Irish cardinal, in addition to Diarmuid Martin, would be the Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin (58), who traditionally holds the title of "Primate of All Ireland".
Long active in the Vatican
On 8. Born in Dublin on April 1945 and ordained a priest in 1969, Diarmuid Martin has worked at the Vatican for more than a quarter of a century since 1977: first in the Pontifical Council for the Family, from 1986 as "undersecretary" in the Pontifical Council "Justitia et Pax," and from 1994 as its secretary. In 1999, he received the rank of bishop.
Between 2001 and 2003, Martin was the Vatican's permanent observer at the UN authorities in Geneva and at the World Trade Organization (WTO); for many years, he represented the Vatican at major international conferences. From 2006 to 2009, Martin was also Vice-President of the EU Bishops' Commission COMECE.