Skip to comments.Irish bishop resigns amid sex abuse scandal
Posted on 03/24/2010 10:52:15 AM PDT by Cardhu
DUBLIN - Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation Wednesday of Bishop John Magee, a former papal aide who stands accused of endangering children by failing to follow the Irish church's own rules on reporting suspected pedophile priests to police.
Magee apologized to victims of any pedophile priests who were kept in parish posts since he took charge of the southwest Irish diocese of Cloyne in 1987.
"To those whom I have failed in any way, or through any omission of mine have made suffer, I beg forgiveness and pardon," the 73-year-old Magee said in a statement.
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And now said cleric is (probably) being forced to resign.
So this is good news, right?
He should have done so voluntarily unless he was simply following orders from the Pope. But now he has basically been accused of Obstruction of Justice he has no choice.