Pope Accepts Bishop's Resignation

"Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday accepted the resignation of an Irish bishop accused of mishandling allegations of sexual abuse by priests, adding to the fallout of a scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Ireland and throughout Europe. The bishop, John Magee, who served as private secretary to three popes, had stepped down earlier this month from his daily duties but had retained his title as head of the diocese of Cloyne, in southern Ireland, following allegations that he had not disciplined priests known to have abused children. “As I depart, I want to offer once again my sincere apologies to any person who has been abused by any priest of the Diocese of Cloyne during my time as bishop or at any time,” Bishop Magee said in a statement on Wednesday. “To those whom I have failed in any way, or through any omission of mine have made suffer, I beg forgiveness and pardon.”