Dublin’s archbishop has been accused of covering for pedophile priests, in an eerie echo of Boston’s recent sex-abuse scandal. Cardinal Desmond Connell has apologized for reassigning a molesting priest to another diocese, where the man allegedly attacked more altar boys, but victims say his regret is insufficient. When asked by a TV reporter why he never told the victims to go to the police, Connell, 76, said, “I suppose I should have. But I had so much else to do.” Calls for the archbishop to resign are mounting. Irish television has reported that most Irish dioceses took out insurance policies against sex-abuse claims as long ago as 1987, an indication that they knew such abuse was happening.
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