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Pope’s envoy is criticised over Mass concelebration

The Pope's envoy investigating child protection came under fire yesterday for concelebrating Mass with two Irish bishops criticised in the Murphy Report.

In his long-awaited debut in Dublin, Cardinal Sean O'Malley told a surprised Sunday congregation in the Pro-Cathedral he had “come to listen, not to offer a quick fix”.

He said: “I come to listen to your pain, your anger, but also your hopes and aspirations.”

But high-profile abuse survivor Marie Collins said the presence of Dublin auxiliaries, Dermot O'Mahony and Eamonn Walsh, at yesterday's Mass sent out the wrong signals to victims. Both auxiliaries were criticised in the Murphy Report which examined the Catholic Church's handling of clerical child sexual abuse.

Bishop Walsh resigned last Christmas Eve, but his resignation was not accepted by Pope Benedict XVI. Last night Mrs Collins conveyed her anger and hurt to Cardinal O'Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, who took part in the Mass on the invitation of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

Dublin victim Andrew Madden previously said he saw no point in meeting with the papal investigator.

He said last night that he would not comment until those victims who wanted to meet with the Cardinal |O'Malley had their say.

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