Continued from page 1 when Wood Hall was to be the lynch-pin of the Peace Movement mainland organisation."
He added that he had every hope that the Bishop would still agree to the centre being used for the Peace Movement.
He is confident that the Peace Movement in England will survive the setback. "It's a comma, not a full stop, and we move forward from here. The most important thing is to build up our regional groups — that is where the strength of the movement lies."
In a statement denying rumours that Mgr Buckley's removal had anything to do with his work for peace, Bishop Wheeler of Leeds said: "Of course, I am very glad about his dedication to the Peace Movement. With regard to his saying that it has had anything to do with what he calls his 'sacking', it is quite untrue."
The Bishop explained that he had always made it clear to Mgr Buckley that the directorship of Wood Hall was too strenuous a task to be regarded as a life appointment. "When a priest is moved from a patish, he is not sacked, he is transferred. I gave Mgr Buckley a choice of transfers— either a parish or a sabbatical year." Mgr Buckley has announced his intention of using the sabbatical year to work for the Peace Movement in England, which he described as "the best cause for furthering hope and freedom in the world."
He stressed there was no personal animosity between himself and Bishop Wheeler and that his loyalty to his bishop was paramount. Any clash was over ideals, not personalities. lie attributed this to their different backgrounds.
"He is an Anglican who became a Catholic, and 1 am rooted in the Catholic Faith, having come from Southern Ireland. He is more sensitive to being Catholic than I am."
There has also been speculation that Mgr Buckley's transfer might be related to a recent television interview on Yorkshire Television when he spoke critically of the Pope's attitude to women priests, It has been suggested that the Bishop's action has been prompted by Mgr Buckley's vociferous criticism of Churches which have not joined in the peace campaign.
Ile commented in a recent article in The Yorkshire Post: "There has been a disturbing failure among priests to condemn violence among their parishioners. The Churches have by and large failed their people."
Repudiating suggestions that he might feel impelled to leave the Church, he said; "My love for the Church remains unquestioned and my commitment to the priesthood is of supreme importance to me in this time of