The Archbishop of Dublin, Dairmuid Martin, has dismissed as ‘pure invention’ a newspaper report that he is soon to be recalled to a senior position in the Vatican.
Dr Martin told RTÉ News there was absolutely no truth to the lead story in today’s Irish Independent and said that it was very upsetting and very damaging to his ongoing consultations with Dublin's priests about diocesan planning for the next five years.
Responding to the suggestion that his distinguished 27-year record of Vatican service may lend credence to today's report, the Archbishop said many had served with distinction in Rome and then returned to their diocese.
His current job came with a tomb, he said. Archbishop Martin was speaking as he arrived to celebrate the centenary of the enclosed Poor Clare congregation in Ballsbridge.
However, the author of the report, the Irish Independent Religious Affairs Specialist, John Cooney, says he stands over his story.
Mr Cooney said he regretted any embarrassment caused to Dr Martin on account of what he called the secrecy governing church officials in regard to appointments.
The story predicts that within six months, Pope Benedict XVI will summon Archbishop Martin back to Rome to a senior position in the Vatican administration.