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Irish bishop resigns, British Catholic leaders apologize

5 years ago April 22, 2010 Apr 22, 2010 Thursday, April 22 2010 Thursday, April 22, 2010 5:29:57 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

An Irish bishop resigned after admitting he didn't challenge the Dublin church's policy of covering up clerical sex abuse.

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

In Britain, Roman Catholic leaders have apologized for child abuse by clergy, saying the scandal has brought shame on the church.

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