Bishop John Magee on his Resignation
By Bishop John Magee
Irish Catholic Bishop's Conference
March 24, 2010
On March 9th 2010 I tendered my resignation as Bishop of Cloyne
to the Holy Father. I have been informed today that it has been
accepted, and as I depart, I want to offer once again my sincere
apologies to any person who has been abused by any priest of the
Diocese of Cloyne during my time as bishop or at any time. To those
whom I have failed in any way, or through any omission of mine have
made suffer, I beg forgiveness and pardon. As I said on Christmas
Eve 2008 after the publication report of the National Board for
Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, I take
full responsibility for the criticism of our management of issues
contained in that report.
On March 7th 2009 the Holy See appointed Most Rev. Dermot Clifford
as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cloyne. This was in
response to a request I had made to be relieved of the burden of
administering the Diocese so that I could concentrate on co-operating
with the Government Commission of Investigation into child protection
procedures in the Diocese in my capacity as Bishop of Cloyne. I
will of course continue to be available to the Commission of Investigation
at any time.
I also sincerely hope that the work and the findings of the Commission
of Investigation will be of some help towards healing for those
who have been abused.
I welcome the fact that my offer of resignation has been accepted,
and I thank the priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese for
their support during my time as Bishop of Cloyne, and assure them
of a place in my prayers always.
Fr Jim Killeen 087 2053938
Cloyne Diocesan Centre