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Pope Doesn’t Let Irish Bishops Resign

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Posted on Aug 11, 2010
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Two Catholic bishops in Ireland attempted to resign late last year in the midst of a scandal about widespread sexual abuse occurring in their Dublin diocese, but Pope Benedict XVI wasn’t having it. A Catholic paper in Ireland reported Wednesday that the two bishops would take on “revised responsibilities within the diocese” instead of stepping down.  —KA

BBC:

Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field announced their resignations on Christmas Eve 2009.

The pair, who were both auxiliary bishops of Dublin, said they hoped their resignations would help bring peace to the victims of sexual abuse.

They were bishops during the period covered by the Murphy Commission which examined abuse in the Dublin diocese.

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By slop, August 15, 2010 at 8:29 am Link to this comment
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These scumbags were not pedos themselves but covered up the dispicable acts of priests and now the pope himself is covering for them, which is disgusting, it just shows how much the catholic church cares about the people they’ve hurt and the lives they have ruined, they are more interested in protecting themselves. It is organised evil parading themselves as men of mercy, it doesn’t give much hope for religion, if the so called holy men can get away with this.

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By Tobysgirl, August 12, 2010 at 7:52 am Link to this comment

I think it’s quite consistent that a church demonizes adult sexual relations, including heterosexual relations, but is a haven for pedophiles and pederasts. One man I knew who grew up Catholic said that sex with women was portrayed so grotesquely he thought it logical that men would have sex with other men. Being a healthy individual, he chose adult men not children.

It’s all about controlling people, and controlling people through their sexuality is a foundation block of authoritarianism. Doesn’t authoritarianism equal the Roman Catholic Church? And fundamentalism of all stripes, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, etc?

But the funny thing about sexuality is that it seems to break out no matter what some idiot in funny clothes tells you to do. Look at all the whacko Christians, including those in Congress, and the shenanigans they get up to! I don’t think it’s just to keep us entertained.

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By Leefeller, August 11, 2010 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment

Accountability has a new meaning. Damn…  guess if I was Catholic the Hale Mary thing sounds like a mighty good deal to me, but I still do not understand why the Catholic Church is against gay marriage sort of like the Mormons, but then they seem to condone or look the other way when it comes to in-house pedophiles?

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By Sol, August 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment

Let me understand this ‘their resignation would help bring peace to their victims’! what about goping to jail and being castrated?
I am not going to spend more time with this Catholic Church and their useless Pope but I can say this - If this was a minor cult they would have already been banned everywhere and the Pope himself would have been in jail for coverup. This all issue only shows the weakness of our political systems and their coward leaders.

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