Irish bishop resigns over child sex abuse

Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of an Irish bishop, Donal Murray, over Ireland's child sex abuse scandal, the Vatican announced.

Irish bishop resigns over child sex abuse

Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday accepted the resignation of an Irish bishop, Donal Murray, over Ireland's child sex abuse scandal, the Vatican announced.

Donal Murray is the first Irish bishop to resign since the publication last month of a damning report that said Church leaders in the overwhelmingly Catholic country had covered up widespread abuse of children by priests for 30 years.

Other senior church officials, including four archbishops cited in the report, face growing pressure to resign.

One priest admitted to sexually abusing over 100 children, while another confessed that he had abused children on a fortnightly basis over 25 years.

The pope met at his request last week with Ireland's two most senior Roman Catholic churchmen, primate of all-Ireland Cardinal Sean Brady and Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

Ireland has been in a state of shock since the publication of the Murphy report, which said the Church had obsessively hidden child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese from 1975 to 2004.




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