In a letter to his priests, Archbishop Martin has confirmed that the resignations of Bishops Walsh and Field have not been accepted by Pope Benedict XVI.

Auxiliary Bishops to be given revised duties

The news that Pope Benedict XVI has not accepted the resignations of Dublin auxiliary bishops Raymond Field and Eamon Walsh (pictured) when the Irish Catholic made public a private letter that  the Archbishop of Dublin sent a letter to all priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

The two auxiliary Bishops had submitted their resignations to Pope Benedict on Christmas Eve 2009 in the wake of the Murphy Report investigation into clerical child abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

In the letter to his priests Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says, “Following the presentation of their resignations to Pope Benedict it has been decided that Bishop Eamon Walsh and Bishop Raymond Field will remain as auxiliary bishops.”

Archbishop Martin stated in that letter that the two bishops will be assigned revised responsibilities within the diocese.

Dr Walsh has been an auxiliary bishop of Dublin for over 20 years since he was appointed in April 1990 while Bishop Raymond Field has been in his position for 13 years following his appointment in May 1997.

Bishop Moriarty’s resignation

Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Jim Moriarty as Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin on 22 April 2010.  Bishop Moriarty had offered his resignation on 23December 2009.

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Statement from Bishop Jim Moriarty on the Holy Father’s acceptance of his resignation as Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin (22 April 2010)

Statement from Bishop Jim Moriarty announcing that he had offered his resignation to the Holy father (23 December 2009)