Two more Irish bishops resign after Ryan Report

On Christmas Day, two more  Irish bishops announced that they were offering their resignation to Pope Benedict XVI in the wake of  the Ryan report into child sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Bishop Éamonn Walsh and Bishop Raymond Field  said in a statement:

We, Bishop Eamonn Walsh and Bishop Raymond Field, have this evening informed Archbishop Diarmuid Martin that we are offering our resignation to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, as Auxiliary Bishops to the Archbishop of Dublin. As we celebrate the Feast of Christmas, the Birth of our Saviour, the Prince of Peace, it is our hope that our action may help to bring the peace and reconciliation of Jesus Christ to the victims/survivors of child sexual abuse. We again apologise to them.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have so bravely spoken out and those who continue to suffer in silence.

We will not be saying anything further at this time.

Signed:

      Bishop Eamonn Walsh
      Bishop Raymond Field