Vatican Rejects Action Against Priests

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland, was informed by the Vatican that he could not compel the resignations of two auxiliary bishops who had been requested to leave their posts after revelations they were involved in the Catholic Church cover-up of child abuse. Martin informed priests and other church officials, “following the presentation of their resignations to Pope Benedict, it has been decided that Bishop Eamonn Walsh and Bishop Raymond Field will remain as auxiliary bishops.” He did not they would be assigned some “responsibilities within the diocese,” whatever that means. Martin had worked with secular authorities and provided them thousands of previously secret church documents in their investigation of child abuse.In March, Pope Benedict published a letter to the Irish Catholic people in which he condemned abusers and defended their victims.

One is left wondering why one sends a letter to a nation and then when the nation initiates action to carry out your desires they are told not to continue pursuing the path to logical resolution of problems.