Vatican tells archbishop not to
criticize peers for covering up abuse

The AP reports that the Vatican has refused to accept the resignations of two Irish auxiliary bishops for covering up sexual abuse but has told an Irish Archbishop to stop criticizing colleagues.

Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has told priests that the Vatican has rejected the resignations of his two auxiliary bishops following their reported involvement in the Roman Catholic Church’s cover-up of child abuse.

The Vatican’s rebuff deals a blow to Martin, a veteran Vatican diplomat who was appointed in 2004 to lead Ireland’s most populous diocese through a growing storm of child-abuse scandals. From the start he has clashed with predecessors who suppressed reports of child molestation and transferred abusive priests to new parishes in Ireland, Britain and the United States….

Analysts said the Vatican had sent a strong message to Martin not to criticize colleagues in public again.

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