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Vatican accepts second Irish bishop's resignation

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It seems that the sex abuse scandal in Ireland is already causing serious career advancement problems for the bishops in that country.

CNN reports this morning that the Vatican has accepted its second resignation in four months of an Irish bishop in relation to the scandal. Bishop John Magee of the diocese of Cloyne is the latest to go today after submitting his letter of resignation March 9. Bishop Donald Murray's resignation was accepted Dec. 17.

In a statement on the diocese of Cloyne's website Magge apologized for any role he may have played in the scandal.

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"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," Magee said. "To those whom I have failed in any way, or through any omission of mine have made suffer, I beg forgiveness and pardon."

Magee has been bishop of Cloyne since 1987. Before that he served as Pope John Paul II's master of ceremonies.

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