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. m.

    Ants running from bug spray.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. David

    They should ALL go. They're in this up to their necks, all the way up to the pope. Do you honestly think they didn't know about this when the US scandals broke? They tried to hush it up then. Do you think that when the irish scandals broke, they didn't know about the German scandals? The Austrian scandals? Still they said NOTHING.

    Arrogant, hypocritical, CRIMINALS.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dick Dardas

    Apologies are only words. They come easily to most everyone. True repentance is following the words with deeds which is not so easily accomplished, especially if you have been derelect in your duty and have to face those you have failed. Staying on to face the music and change your ways is tough. An apology and resignation is the easy way out.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Doc

    This guy is as guilty as the rest. He aided and abetted in criminal activity. So now what; he just gets to walk away? What's wrong with this picture?

    March 24, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tunde Aina

    Great news, at least some of them still have conscience!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Wayne Hansler

    A heck of a lot that's gonna do RESIGNING...what a joke...he probly got a letter or phone call from the Pope saying that he had to, and that it was the only way to get the public approval back in their court. TOO LITTLE TOO LATE!
    Catholics = False Religion.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. katie

    Sorry to have to say this, but he either abused kids himself or knew of priests that did that were moved around, etc. Some things are just plain unforgiveable and this one is at the top of MY list!! Hope they burn in hell for literally ruining 100's of lives. Not only the victims themselves, but their families as well. Shame on them.They should not be paid another nickel thru the Catholic church either! Homeless? Oh, well. Too bad, so sad.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. ekh

    i am a baptized, non practicing catholic for several reasons and this is one...let them marry...i would be the abuse and scandals would stop – open your eyes and realize times have changed and following an old white guy in a beanie who can speak in latin isn't really the best idea.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    I think the church needs to seriously change their policies in dealing with these cases, from the top on down. I think what needs to be addressed also is the possibility and likelihood in my opinion, of these pedophiles joining the priesthood with the intention of abusing children. Of using the priesthood to gain access to kids. I'm not aware of what the process is for those seeking to attend the seminary but they should be checking the background of these applicants extensively for any criminal pasts because your not gonna tell me that this many abusers in the priesthood is a mere coincidence. These guys aren't becoming attracted to children after they become priests. There's a problem there to start with and they shouldn't be allowed to become priests, they need to be screened better, period and the church needs to o a much better job at finding these abusers before they abuse.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Stephen

    HL Mencken once wrote: " A conscience is a mother-in-law who never goes home." - but he said nothing about the Pope!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Stubanas

    The church is no different in a lot of ways that government. They abuse their privilege and power until their caught and then they leave. The only way to stop both break the law (man or god's) and you get punished.

    Think about how many common men and women have been punished over the centuries by the Roman Catholic Church....

    March 24, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. tropical08

    This is why world political powers will grow tired of religion and will see to its demise very soon!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. mike merino

    Had the Catholic church kept homosexuals out of the priesthood as they should have done. These abuses would not have happened.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Eliane Anderson

    He resigned with a push and a prod from the Vatican; this way it looks like they're cleaning house and showing the world that "they're doing something about it". It's a smoke and mirror trick... As soon as this scandal calms down, the priests vile behavior will continue unpunished like it has for thousand of years. Disgusting!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Moogum

    An apology for criminal behavior is clearly inadequate. The unconscionable predators belong in jail.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
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