Today Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop John Magee of Cloyne, in Ireland. Bishop Magee stepped aside after it became known he did not follow proper child protection guidelines.
"To those whom I have failed in any way, or through any omission of mine have made suffer, I beg forgiveness and pardon. As I said on Christmas Eve 2008 after the publication report of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, I take full responsibility for the criticism of our management of issues contained in that report," Dr Magee said.
Bishop Magee once served in Rome as personal secretary to Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II.
Last March, the Voice of the Faithful, a lay group based in Boston, praised the Bishop for stepping down saying he is “an example of accountability for bishops everywhere”.
Meanwhile, the abuse scandals continue to spread in Europe.