The Sexual Abuse Chickens Come Home to Roost: Bishop Moriarty Resigns

Ireland’s long running sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church reaches a turning point:

Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Dr Jim Moriarty has offered his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI.

The announcement was made in the last few minutes following a meeting between the Bishop and Diocesan priests and staff in Portarlington, Co Laois.

Bishop Moriarty was an auxiliary Bishop of Dublin during some of the years in which the Murphy Commission found that the Archdiocese had covered up cases of clerical child sexual abuse.

Bishop Moriarty has said that there were no grounds for his resignation in what was said about him in the Murphy Report.

The Murphy Commission said that Bishop Moriarty could have asked Archbishop Connell to research the files on Fr Edmondus after complaints about the priest had been received by the Diocese.

Although this has been going on for a long time, it’s taken longer to come to a head in the Republic of Ireland than in the U.S.

4 Replies to “The Sexual Abuse Chickens Come Home to Roost: Bishop Moriarty Resigns”

  1. Hate to say it, but the church cases have become almost expected by now. The Delaware pediatrician… that’s had me literally sick to my stomach since I read about it yesterday. By now people are sadly accustomed to the idea of clergy, but who doesn’t trust the family doctor about something like this???


    1. In our hypersexualised society, this trend can only get worse. The clergy (esp. the RC priesthood) were perceived as the centre of the problem, but in reality they are only the canary in the coal mine.


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