Dukes says all bishops should now resign
THE chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Alan Dukes, last night called for all current Irish Catholic bishops to resign.
At the annual Burren Law School in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, Mr Dukes also called for a Ryan-type inquiry to be carried out in each diocese.
In an address themed 'Power -- its Uses and Abuses', Mr Dukes also criticised the Irish regulatory authorities that presided over the boom and bust.
Mr Dukes said: "In both the financial sector and the Catholic Church, we have witnessed an abuse of power by those in direct contact with the public."
Mr Dukes referred to measures that are now being taken in the financial sector to remedy past failures and said that "analogous measures are needed in the church". He said "bishops themselves seem to be even less ready to step down in the face of systematic failure than are chairmen of banks".