From AFP news agency:
June 01, 2010 12:00AM
The Vatican’s announcement came as the Pope accepted the resignation of Irish prelate Richard Anthony Burke, archbishop of the Nigerian diocese of Benin City, who is accused of molesting a teenage girl.
Pope Benedict XVI named nine top prelates to carry out the investigation into the Irish Church.
The Vatican said the investigation would monitor the effectiveness of procedures for preventing abuse and seek possible improvements.
It will begin with metropolitan Archdioceses of Armagh, Dublin, Cashel and Emly and Tuam, and will then be extended to other dioceses.
A complaint was made against Burke in December 2008 by Dolores Atwood alleging she had been sexually abused when she was 14, when he was a priest ministering in Warri Diocese, Nigeria.
and she was a patient in a hospital
She claimed she had an ongoing relationship with him afterwards.
Two ground-breaking inquiries last year into the once-powerful Church shocked the mainly Catholic Ireland.
They found that abuse by Catholic clergy and members of religious orders had been widespread for decades and that there was a culture of secrecy and cover-up designed to protect the reputation and assets of the Church.
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