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Dublin's Archbishop Martin rejects complaints about his stand on abuse

February 08, 2010

Dublin's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has indicated that he will not be deterred by critics-- including many within the Irish clergy-- who have complained about his willingness to criticize colleagues for their handling of sex-abuse complaints. “I believe my reaction was to recognize something terrible happened on our watch,” the archbishop told the Irish Independent. He voiced the hope that the Irish bishops "will be united about a program for the future so that we can really have an Irish Church that is very different from the one we have experienced."


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  • Posted by: niall - Feb. 09, 2010 5:06 AM ET USA

    Diarmuid Martin seems to think that he is unique in believing that "something terrible happened on our watch"-NO ONE disputes this.This is not the problem,but he CANNOT shrug off the fact that most of his priests feel that he is a source of division.His correspondance with Bishop O'Mahony was disgraceful,he failed to utter one word in support of any other bishop or the priests of his diocese.He has a duty to all of the 1 million Catholics of his diocese -not just a duty to the victims of abuse.