Thursday, April 22, 2010

Irish bishop resigns, says he didn't report abuse

Last updated April 22, 2010 3:48 a.m. PT

Irish bishop resigns, says he didn't report abuse

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful at the end of a general audience he held in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI promised Wednesday that the Catholic Church would take action to confront the clerical sex abuse scandal, making his first public comments on the crisis days after meeting with victims. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
VATICAN CITY -- The pope has accepted the resignation of an Irish bishop who admitted he didn't challenge the Dublin church's policy of covering up clerical sex abuse.

The Vatican said Thursday that the pope had accepted the resignation of Bishop James Moriarty of Kildare under a code of canon law that allows bishops to resign if they are ill of for some other "grave reason" that makes them "unsuited for the fulfilment of his office."

Moriarty was identified in an Irish government-ordered investigation last year into decades of cover-ups of child-abusing clergy in the Dublin Archdiocese. The report found that all bishops colluded to protect scores of pedophile priests from criminal prosecution until 1996.

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