Eamonn Casey, Irish Roman Catholic prelate, Died at 89

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Eamonn Casey was born on April 24, 1927, in County Kerry and died on March 13, 2017.

He was a Roman Catholic bishop emeritus of Galway and Kilmacduagh in Ireland.

Casey was educated in Limerick and in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Limerick on June 17, 1951, and appointed Bishop of Kerry on 17 July 1969.

Casey held this position until 1976 when he was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and apostolic administrator of Kilfenora.

In Galway, he was seen as a progressive.

Which there had been a significant change in a diocese that had been led for nearly forty years by the very conservative Michael Browne (Bishop from 1937 to 1976).

He was highly influential in the Irish Catholic hierarchy, and served as bishop until his resignation in 1992.

Casey was a friend and colleague of another highly prominent Irish priest, Father Michael Cleary. Although they both represented a liberal trend in the Church, they continued to support priestly celibacy and oppose pre-marital sex, abortion, and similar issues.

Eamonn Casey passed away at 89 years old.

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