New sex-abuse scandal divides Irish Catholics
rahul | December 24, 2008 at 11:39 amby
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As christmas times falls, a new chid sex abuse issue rocks the Irish Catholic Church.
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - Ireland's most prominent Catholic leader is questioning whether all of his fellow bishops adequately protect children from sexually abusive priests. Archbishop Diarmuid (DER-mit) Martin of Dublin is the first Irish Catholic leader to break silence over a new report into allegations that two priests molested several teenagers in southwest Ireland, chiefly in the 1990s. A church-authorized investigation found that local bishop John Magee placed children in potential danger because he failed to tell police quickly and fully about abuse reports he received. Magee refused Tuesday to respond to rising demands for him to quit.
Martin says he is concerned that the problems uncovered in Magee's diocese could be more widespread.
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