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Ireland: Bishop of Dromore’s resignation Mgr. Eamon Martin (President of the Bishops’ Conference), “the Church can never become complacent concerning the safeguarding of children”

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“Today Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop John McAreavey as Bishop of Dromore. During this Holy Week my prayers are with the people, religious and clergy of Dromore and in particular with those who have been abused, and with all who are suffering because of abuse”. These words filled with pain mark the beginning of a statement issued this afternoon by the President of the Irish Bishops, Mgr. Eamon Martin, concerning the resignation of Mgr. John McAreavey. “As the bishops stated following their Spring 2018 general meeting earlier this month, the Church can never become complacent concerning the safeguarding of children. The Church is committed to both the review process of dioceses undertaken by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church and to cooperation with any inquiry required by statutory bodies”. The Bishop of Dromore became embroiled in a bitter controversy over the funeral he presided over in 2012 of a priest accused of sexual abuse. The controversy prompted him to ask the Pope for permission to resign on 2 March 2018. Today the Vatican Press Office announced that the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of the bishop of the Diocese of Dromore, located in Northern Ireland. “I wish to acknowledge Mgr. McAreavey’s nineteen years of service as a bishop”, Mgr. Martin wrote in the statement. “As president of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, I thank him for his generous contribution in a wide variety of roles as a member of the Bishops’ Conference during that time”.

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