New bishop of Cashel and Ossory supports same-sex unions

Michael Burrows, the Dean of Cork in the Church of Ireland, has been appointed Bishop of Cashel and Ossory. Michael Burrows is on the theologically liberal wing of the Church of Ireland.

At General Synod 2005, he stated that he regularly gives Holy Communion to parishioners in long-standing homosexual relationships. He claimed that it was possible for the church to exist with two integrities on the subject of sexuality.

As one of the Irish representatives on the Anglican Consultative Council, he stated in 2005 that the Church of Ireland “did not intend to break or impair communion” on the issue of ‘same-sex affection’. This was challenged by Reform Ireland, who wondered “Who gave Canon Burrows such authority to speak for the whole of the Church of Ireland?”

Michael Burrows was educated at Wesley College, Dublin. He read History and Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin and studied the 15th century Medieval Irish Church for his M.Litt. He was ordained in 1988 and served his curacy at Douglas Union with Frankfield, diocese of Cork. In 1991 he became Dean of Residence at Trinity College Dublin and Minor Canon at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. In 1994 he returned to the diocese of Cork to be incumbent of Bandon Union and in 1996 was appointed Canon at Cork and Cloyne Cathedrals. In 2002 he was appointed Dean of Cork and Incumbent St Fin Barre’s Union.

The previous bishop, the Rt Revd Peter Barrett resigned in January because, he said, he was ‘no longer able to cherish’ his marriage.

Miachel Burrows brother-in-law, Michael Jackson, is the Bishop of Clogher. No date for Michael Burrows’ consecration has been set but it is unlikely to take place before this year’s general synod to be held in Armagh from May 9 to 11.

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