Vatican names bishop for troubled Irish diocese, vacant since resident bishop left in disgrace

The pope has named a new bishop for the troubled Irish diocese of Cloyne, where for years its previous bishop ignored the Irish church's own rules requiring suspected priestly sex abuse to be reported to police.

Cloyne has been without a resident bishop since John Magee, private secretary to three popes, resigned in disgrace in 2010 after a church-appointed commission found that he and his deputies fielded complaints from parishioners about two pedophile priests starting in 1995, but told police nothing until 2003.

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday named the Rev. Canon William Crean, a parish priest in Cahersiveen, to replace Magee.

The Irish government last year issued a report into the abuse and cover-up in Coyne and found that the Vatican encouraged concealing the crimes — a charge Rome vigorously denied.