Bishop of Limerick staying in Rome to await decision

A spokesperson for the Bishop of Limerick has said Dr Murray is remaining in Rome to await developments concerning his future.

A spokesperson for the Bishop of Limerick has said Dr Murray is remaining in Rome to await developments concerning his future.

It is the first statement from Dr Donal Murray since he travelled to Vatican city last Sunday to discuss his future in the hierarchy.

The Murphy report into clerical child abuse found that Dr Murray failed to adequately investigate complaints of abuse while he worked in Dublin.

There have been repeated calls for Dr Murray's resignation in the wake of the report.

The bishop has been in Rome for almost a week now - and today his spokesperson said that he expected an announcement later next week - after the bishop engages with the Congregation for Bishops in the Vatican city.

It comes after a meeting yesterday between the Pope and two senior Irish church figures.

The Pope said he profoundly regrets the actions of some members of the clergy - a response described as inadequate and disingenuous by some survivor support groups.

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