Soon pope's letter to irish

In Ireland, media rumors continue of bishops resigning in wake of abuse scandal. Prere to do so has been further increased by the recent Vatican statement that it will look closely at the conduct of local church leaders, judges The Independent newspaper. According to the paper, the Bishop of Limerick, who has come under particular fire, Donal Murray, remains in Rome.

Murray is accused of being involved in covering up abuse cases during his time as auxiliary bishop in Dublin (1982-1996). Following his talks at the Vatican, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin had said Friday night that he now expected a comprehensive reorganization of the Irish church. Pope Benedict XVI's. announced letter to Ireland's Catholics on the abuse cases should appear in just a few weeks, according to him. Martin told journalists in Rome that the initiative for the letter came from the pope himself. Martin and the president of the bishops' conference, Cardinal Sean Brady, were on Friday with Pope Benedict XVI. and the heads of the relevant curia authorities met at the Vatican to discuss the cluster of abuse cases in the Irish church. Benedict XVI. Condemned the acts as "heinous crimes". In the letter announced, the pope said he wants to outline ways the church can overcome the crisis. Victims of sexual abuse by priests in Ireland, meanwhile, expressed disappointment with the pope's response to the Murphy report. Benedict XVI's. expressed "regret" is "meaningless" and "disingenuous at best" without personal consequences, the Irish Examiner newspaper quoted Maeve Lewis, president of the victims' group One in Four, as saying. The current pope, who was prefect of Rome's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith until 2005, must have known about the "magnitude of the problem" for a long time, Lewis said. Information about perpetrators has been "routinely" sent to Vatican over the years, it says. Benedict XVI. Must acknowledge responsibility of church as a whole instead of blaming individual priests, he said. According to findings of the so-called Murphy Commission set up by the Irish government, sexual abuse cases by clergy were systematically covered up for decades in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

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