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Pope accepts resignation of Irish bishop

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Irish Bishop John Magee in the country's sex abuse scandal.

The 73-year-old Magee has been accused of mishandling complaints against sexually abusive priests in his diocese of Cloyne. The Vatican said Wednesday that the pope had accepted his resignation without elaborating.

Before being assigned to Ireland, Magee had served as secretary to Popes Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II.

Irish government-ordered investigations have documented decades of child abuse and church cover-ups.

In a letter released Saturday by the Vatican, the pope apologized for decades of abuse but took no action against bishops blamed for cover-ups.

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