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Irish abuse victims want Pope to replace guilty bishops

February 10, 2010

As the Irish bishops prepare for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI to discuss the sex-abuse scandal in their country, a group of abuse victims has asked the Pope to replace all bishops who were involved in a cover-up of priestly misconduct.

After a group of the Irish bishops met with abuse victims-- the second such meeting-- critics of the hierarchy questioned why lay Catholics would not be involved in the meeting with the Pope. A former Jesuit provincial suggested that the fallout from the Murphy Commission report warranted a synod of the Church in Ireland, to discuss a radical restructuring.


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  • Posted by: niall - Feb. 10, 2010 8:20 PM ET USA

    They are not specifically asking him to replace all bishops who were involved in a coverup.If you read their letter,the criterion is for bishops who served in Dublin DURING THE PERIOD OF INVESTIGATION to resign.However,although Archbishop Martin served in the diocese during that time,there is no call for him to resign in collective responsibility.The victims deserve justice,but they seem to be ruling the roost-they can apply one set of rules to most bishops & a different set for Diarmuid Martin?