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Vatican high-flyer is stepping aside but still refuses to quit

Last night, Bishop John Magee announced what many believe to be the first step in the beginning of the end of his controversial tenure in Cloyne. He is to step aside from his duties as bishop to concentrate on what now promises to be a damaging commission of inquiry into the manner in which his diocese dealt with allegations of clerical sex abuse.

It wasn't the resignation that various child-protection agencies had demanded; but it was as much as can be hoped for from a bishop who has been accused of a lofty detachment from his flock.

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