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Mixed reaction to Magee's apology

Yesterday, the former Bishop of Cloyne accepted full responsibility for the failure of the diocese to effectively manage allegations of child sexual abuse.

VICTIMS OF CHILD abuse and Catholic bishops have been reacting to former Bishop of Cloyne Dr John Magee’s apology to those who were abused by clerics in his diocese.

According to the Irish Examiner, victims have dismissed his apology as “empty” and “insincere”.

Meanwhile, Bishops have welcomed his words, RTE reports.

Dr Magee had told RTÉ he apologised unreservedly to victims and that he took “full responsibility for the failure of the diocese to effectively manage allegations on child sexual abuse”.

The Irish Examiner also states that victim support group One in Four were not happy with the apology.

And its chief executive, Maeve Lewis, told victims who may take up Dr Magee’s offer to meet that such meetings could be “quite intimidating” and advised them to bring a family member or therapist with them.

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