Pope Benedict Says Church To Take Action On Sexual Abuse By Priests

Last week the Vatican published the guidelines it gives bishops to deal with cases of abuse in their diocese, which included for the first time explicit instructions about reporting abusive priests to police, according to civil law. Bishops and the Vatican have been accused of covering up abuse by priests they were responsible for.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that church officials in Dublin have confirmed that the Pope has accepted the resignation of Bishop James Moriarty, who admitted in December that he had not tried to stop the past practice of concealing child abuse complaints from police in the Dublin archdiocese.

Formal confirmation of the acceptance of Moriarty's resignation is expected from the Vatican on Thursday.

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