Bishop Quits on Abuse Case Handling

Press Association
March 7, 2009

A senior Catholic Bishop has quit following a storm of controversy over his mishandling of clerical child sex abuse allegations, it was confirmed.

Scandal-hit Bishop of Cloyne John Magee, a former Vatican aide, will keep his title but has stepped down from the day-to-day running of parishes across rural Cork. The beleaguered cleric, from Newry, Co Down, faced scathing criticism after the church's own watchdog found he took minimal action over accusations against two of his priests, branding his child protection inadequate and dangerous.

Bishop Magee, who served as private secretary to three different Popes, apologised when the report was published on the internet the week before Christmas but refused to resign. The Catholic Church in Ireland confirmed he asked Pope Benedict on February 4 to find a senior cleric to take over his duties in Cloyne.


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