Pope appoints apostolic administrator in Cloyne

Bishop of Cloyne Dr John Magee

The Pope has appointed the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Dermot Clifford, as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cloyne in Cork.

The move follows an investigation into allegations of clerical child abuse in the diocese which found that the Church failed to adequately ensure that children were protected.

The Bishop of Cloyne, John Magee, had requested the appointment of an apostolic administrator to take over his powers and duties while he himself would retain the title of bishop.

Dr Magee was severely criticised following revelations that his diocese failed to report abuse allegations to the gardaí.

Archbishop Clifford says he will give every possible cooperation to the Commission of Inquiry into the Diocese of Cloyne and that he intends to meet with the College of Consultors, the Council of Priests and the diocesan Child Protection Delegate as soon as possible.

The Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, says Dr Clifford's appointment shows the ongoing commitment of the Catholic Church to safeguarding children and victims.

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