Four Irish Catholic bishops have resigned within the first 30 days after a government-ordered investigation announced that over decades the Dublin archdiocese had shielded from the law more than 170 Catholic priests accused of sexual child abuse.
Two Dublin bishops—Eamonn Walsh and Ray Field—resigned on December 25 as they apologized to abuse victims during Christmas mass.
Two other bishops, Donal Murray of Limerick and Jim Moriarty of Kildare, quit earlier in December following the November 26 publication of the three-year investigation.
In announcing his resignation Decem ber 23, Moriarty apologized to “all the survivors and their families” and ex pressed hope his resignation “honors the truth that the survivors have so bravely uncovered and opens the way to a better future for all concerned. . . .”