More Roman Catholic ministers are resigning as a result of the ongoing investigation into child abuse in Ireland.
Last December, two bishops in Ireland resigned on Christmas Day. Bishops Eamonn Walsh and Ray Field offered public apologies to child abuse victims as they read statements during Christmas mass.
This followed November’s announcement that Bishop Donal Murray of Limerick handed in his notice after revelations that priests had reported crimes in his diocese, but that he had not spoken of the incidents to his superiors.
Bishop Moriarty of Kildare has also resigned following the publication of a three-year investigation into child abuse between 1940 and 2004. The 720-page report found that Dublin church leaders had hidden more than 170 paedophile priests from the law.