Bishop Magee Should Resign

Irish Independent
December 23, 2008

It is frankly outrageous that the publication of the report by the National Board for Safeguarding Children into clerical sex abuse allegations in the Diocese of Cloyne was not accompanied by the immediate and contrite resignation of the Bishop of Cloyne, John Magee.

While he points out that the allegations are unproven, the process of investigation into them under his direction was diabolical.

How could Bishop Magee countenance anything other than his immediate resignation against this background?

His and the credibility of the hierarchy are compromised once again in this long, weary, tragic episode of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church and the response of the bishops to it.

Despite all the apologies, the initiatives and the millions spent in compensation, he has nothing more to offer than plus sa change, c'est la meme chose and that is simply not acceptable.

He has demonstrated once again that the learning curve is still parked as it was in 1983, a quarter century ago.


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