Vatican accepts Irish bishop’s resignation

Bishop John Magee

THE Vatican this morning officially accepted the resignation of one Irish bishop who was found to have mishandled allegations of clerical sex abuse in his County Cork diocese.

Bishop John Magee stepped aside in March 2009 after an independent report found his Cloyne Diocese had put children at risk of harm.

“I take full responsibility for the criticism of our management of issues in that report,” Bishop Magee said this morning.

The inquiry was separate to last year’s Murphy report on decades of abuse mishandling in the Dublin Archdiocese and the Ryan report, which detailed physical and sexual abuse at Catholic-run orphanages and industrial schools in the Irish Republic.

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