More Irish Bishops Resign Over Murphy Report
Irish Bishops Eamonn Walsh (pictured) and Raymond Field were the latest additions to the growing list of resigned Catholic Church priests after the contents of the Murphy Report was made public last November 26.
The report indicates that the Archdiocese of Dublin has hidden child abuse cases of priests from 1974 to 2004 in order to safeguard the reputation of the church.
The two bishops are current Auxiliary Bishops of Dublin. Walsh started in 1991 while Field started in 1997. They have informed Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin about their resignation Christmas eve.
“It is our hope that our action may help to bring the peace and reconciliation of Jesus Christ to the victims/survivors of child sexual abuse. We again apologize to them,” Walsh and Field said in their statement.
The number of resigned bishops has now moved up to four. The first one was Donal Murray, Bishop of Limmerick and an Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin from 1982 to 1996 and the second one is James Moriarty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin and an Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin from 1991 to 2002.
The Pope, Benedict XVI has accepted Murray’s resignation earlier this month while Moriarty has only gave his resignation last Wednesday, December 23.