Statement of clarification from Archdiocese of Dublin Communications Office
The Archdiocese of Dublin Communications Office wishes to issue the following statement of clarification regarding a story in this morning’s Irish Independent newspaper.
Under the headline “Pope’s child abuse envoy in Mass Row”, the article, in referring to Bishop Dermot O’ Mahony and Bishop Eamonn Walsh stated “Both auxiliaries were criticised the Murphy report which examined the Catholic Churches handling of clerical child sexual abuse”. This is incorrect.
There are 9 references to Bishop Eamonn Walsh in the report; but none contains criticism. The story also claims that Bishop Walsh “resigned last Christmas Eve”. Bishop Walsh offered his resignation to Pope Benedict last Christmas Eve. His resignation was not accepted.