Friday, December 25, 2009

Two more bishops offer resignation after child abuse scandal - 25 DECEMBER 2009 - 13H31 - CATHOLIC CHURCH - IRELAND – France24

Two more Irish bishops have said they were offering their resignation to Pope Benedict XVI in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal that has convulsed Ireland.

REUTERS - Two more Irish bishops have said they will offer their resignations to the Pope, bringing the total number of church leaders to quit after a damning report into child sex abuse by priests to four. Photo Vatican

Bishops Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field, the only two serving auxiliary (assistant) bishops in the archdiocese of Dublin, said they had informed Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of their decision.

"It is our hope that our action may help to bring the peace and reconciliation of Jesus Christ to the victims/survivors of child sexual abuse. We again apologise to them," they said in a statement released late on Thursday.

Like Bishop Jim Moriarty who resigned on Wednesday, both bishops had said the report had shown that they had done nothing wrong.

Moriarty admitted that he should have challenged the "prevailing culture" that allowed criminal acts against children to take place. Read complete article - France24

Related links:

Pope ‘led cover-up of child abuse… London Evening Standard -

This is about the reckless endangerment of children in a calculated, purposeful strategy to protect the institutional Church – The Christian Science Monitor

New Catholic Sex Abuse Findings: Gay Priests Are Not the Problem – by David Gibson – Politics Daily


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