Bishop Michael Malone
Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Michael Malone said a series of child sex abuse scandals over the past 15 years have prompted him to ask the Pope for help.
"Right from the very first day I took over as Bishop I was faced with the issue of Vince Ryan who had pleaded guilty to several charges and from then on it's been a rather sad litany of people I've had to deal with," the ABCA reported.
Over the past two years, three priests and a clergy member have been charged in the diocese, ABC said.
Bishop Malone says the pontiff's talks with Irish Bishops over abuses is further proof the Benedict is committed to addressing the issue of clergy abuse.
"The Irish church has been rocked by all the allegations and reports about sexual abuse by clergy and we know what that's like, sadly, and we need to redress this whole issue."
Bishop turns to Pope over abuse scandals (ABC)