March 24th, 2010
07:57 AM ET

Irish bishop resigns amid sex abuse scandal

An Irish bishop resigned amid a Catholic church sex abuse scandal, apologizing in a statement Wednesday for any abuse that occurred in his diocese.

Bishop John Magee of the diocese of Cloyne said he tendered his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI on March 9.

"I have been informed today that it has been accepted, and as I depart, I want to offer once again my sincere apologies to any person who has been abused by any priest of the Diocese of Cloyne during my time as bishop or at any time," Magee said in a statement posted on the diocese Web site.

"To those whom I have failed in any way, or through any omission of mine have made suffer, I beg forgiveness and pardon."

Five Irish bishops have tendered their resignations since December in relation to the scandal, according to Martin Long, spokesman for the Irish Bishops' Conference. The Vatican has now accepted two of them - that of Bishop Donald Murray on December 17, and Magee's.

- CNN's Diana Magnay contributed to this report.

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  1. Tim

    What the Catholic hierarchy has done, is the same as what God told the religious leaders of the nation of Israel in about 613 B.C.E., 6 years before the nation suffered destruction at the hands of the Babylonians in 607 B.C.E. God told these religious leaders, at Ezekiel 34:4, that "the sickened ones you have not strengthened, and the ailing one you have not healed, and the broken one you have not bandaged, and the dispersed one you have not brought back, and the lost one you have not sought to find, but with harshness you have had them in subjection, even with tyranny."

    March 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Augustine Emeh

    Just concerned with the way very old sex scandals in the catholic church are reported now by CNN. Very clearly, catholic church is an institution that CNN lacks the knowledge of how she is run. What I take is that either the story of whom they cover and report about is manipulated or CNN is.

    March 25, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    Rev 17:8
    It received its first wound when Christ came

    March 26, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ray

    Thank God. I turned down the job of alter boy!

    March 30, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jon

    Hey floda,
    Where do you get God founded the Catholic church? Religion was created by man for man. I think God had nothing to do with it.

    March 31, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jeffc

    To whomever said if they had kept homosexuals out of the priesthood this wouldn't have happened. You need to realize this isn't about them being gay, they are pedophiles. Normal people don't sexually abuse children same sex as them or not, your comment makes it sound like you were only opposed to the fact that they did it with boys which I am positive isn't your intent. A gay person is no more likely to abuse a child than a straight person is.

    March 31, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
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