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Entire Irish hierarchy should resign, theologian suggests

August 16, 2010

An Irish theologian has suggested that every member of the Irish hierarchy should resign because of the sex-abuse scandal.

Reacting to the news that Pope Benedict has declined to accept the resignations of two auxiliary bishops in Dublin, James Mackey said that all of the Irish bishops should step down. He made no distinction between the bishops accused of covering up sexual abuse and those who have sought to root out the problem, and did not even exempt the newly installed bishops who have been appointed to replace the bishops who have recently resigned.

A mass resignation, Mackey said, “would be the only fair outcome.”


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  • Posted by: niall - Aug. 17, 2010 5:02 AM ET USA

    The sort of stuff we've come to expect from Mackey. Do we merely want to appease an angry mob or do we want real justice in all this? Mass resignations are not the answer, except for those who are only seeking heads on plates. I notice too, that very little of the article is actually taken up with Prof Mackey's comments, Patsy McGarry uses most of the space to keep the Bishop Walsh & Field story going - perhaps even McGarry doesn't take Mackey seriously!