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.