Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Diocese in sex scandal appoints new bishop

The Pope has named a new bishop for the troubled diocese of Cloyne in the Republic, where for years its previous Northern Irish bishop ignored his church's own rules requiring suspected priest sex abuse to be reported to police.

Cloyne has been without a resident bishop since John Magee, who is originally from Newry and was private secretary to three popes, resigned in disgrace in 2010.

It followed a church-appointed commission which found that he and his deputies fielded complaints from parishioners about two paedophile priests in 1995, but told police nothing until 2003.

Over the weekend, Pope Benedict XVI named the Rev Canon William Crean, a parish priest in Cahersiveen, to replace Magee.

The Irish Government last year issued a report into the abuse and cover-up in Cloyne and found that the Vatican encouraged concealing the crimes — a charge Rome vigorously denied.

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