Catholic Priest Leads Sex Abuse Protest

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest has begun a
140-mile march across Ireland to protest the church's handling of
sex abuse cases.

The Rev. Michael Murnagh says he planned the nine-day walk from
Cork to Dublin to bring attention to the failure of church leaders to atone for mishandling of hundreds of abuse cases.

The 70-year-old priest says he chose Cork for the start of his journey Monday because the southwestern county is at the center of a recent abuse scandal. A church-commissioned investigation found that a Catholic bishop placed Cork children in danger by not telling police quickly about abuse allegations against two priests from 1995 to 2005.

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