Monday, May 31, 2010

Archbishop resigns after abuse claim

Independent.ie
Archbishop resigns after abuse claim
An Irish Archbishop accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Nigeria before having a 20-year affair with her has resigned, the Catholic Church confirmed today.

Richard Burke stepped down from the Archdiocese of Benin in Nigeria earlier this year after a woman, aged in her 40s and now living in Canada, made a complaint against him.

The St Patrick's Missionary Society in Kiltegan, Co Wicklow, which the Archbishop was a member of before being appointed to the hierarchy, confirmed his resignation had been accepted by the Vatican.

No findings have been made against the Archbishop, one of the most senior Catholic clerics to face allegations of child sex abuse.

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