The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland says its longtime leader, Cardinal Sean Brady, will be replaced by 2014.
Brady told a news conference Friday he welcomes the Vatican's
appointment of an aide and eventual successor, Monsignor Eamon Martin.
The 73-year-old Brady has been the Catholic primate of Ireland since
He has been sharply criticized for his handling of child abuse
scandals exposed in the Irish church since the mid-1990s.
In 2010 Brady refused calls to resign after he admitted that, in 1975,
he took testimony from two boys who had been abused by a pedophile
priest, then swore both to secrecy.
Brady apologized, but said he was
following orders from superiors.
The 51-year-old Martin is expected to succeed Brady as primate next year.