Fifth Irish bishop under pressure to resign over handling of child abuse

I know a few ‘bishops’ on this side of the pond who aren’t Catholic who should follow this lead as well:

The last remaining bishop mentioned in a damning report on the failure of the Catholic Church in Ireland to deal with allegations of child abuse is facing calls to step down.

The Bishop of Galway Dr Martin Drennan was one of five bishops mentioned in the Murphy report, which lifted the lid on decades of unreported child abuse within the Archdiocese of Dublin.

He is the only bishop mentioned in the report not to have stepped down. Diocesan communications manager Fr Seán McHugh told The Irish Times the bishop was “strong in his belief that he did nothing wrong”.

The chief executive of victim support group One in Four Maeve Lewis said Dr Drennan should do the “honourable thing” and resign.

“How many children were abused in Dublin between 1997 and 2005 when he was in a position of authority?” she was quoted by The Irish Times as saying.

via Fifth Irish bishop under pressure to resign over handling of child abuse.

By the way, I don’t believe that this is a reflection on the Catholic Church.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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