Monday, November 30, 2009

Mounting calls for Irish bishop’s resignation following abuse report

Mounting calls for Irish bishop’s resignation following abuse report
November 30, 2009

A government inquiry into clerical abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin has strongly criticized Bishop Donal Murray for his handling of abuse allegations. The 69-year-old prelate, who served as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin from 1982 to 1996 and is now Bishop of Limerick, is facing mounting calls to submit his resignation.

Bishop Murray “handled a number of complaints and suspicions badly,” the report concluded. “For example, he did not deal properly with the suspicions and concerns that were expressed to him in relation to Fr Naughton. When, a short time later, factual evidence of Fr Naughton’s abusing emerged in another parish Bishop Murray’s failure to reinvestigate the earlier suspicions was inexcusable. Bishop Murray did, however, accept in 2002 that he had not dealt well with the situation.”

“If there were cases where the abuse of children might have been prevented had I acted differently, I offer those people my sincerest apology,” Bishop Murray said at Mass on November 29. “I can honestly say that in one such case that I can think of, my inability to get the full truth was not the result of any lack of effort on my part but perhaps of a lack of skill, of experience.”

“That’s no consolation to the children who were abused-- that I was lacking in experience-- and I’ll remain eternally sorry and apologetic to anyone whose suffering I might possibly have prevented.”

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