Part XXXVII of the "What Are They Thinking?" serial about the Vatican's response to the clergy sexual abuse tsunami.Today we pick up the story in Ireland, where it's been learned, indirectly, that Pope Benedict XVI has rejected the resignations offered by two bishops named (though not criticized as sharply as others) in the Murphy report on the legacy of the abuse of children by church officials over the decades.My story at PoliticsDaily is here, with various reactions.At America's blog, Kevin Clarke also weighs in.

David Gibson is the director of Fordham’s Center on Religion & Culture.

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