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
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.