The Vatican announced today (September 8, 2014) that it has accepted the resignation of the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, according to the BBC website.
Last month, Dr. Brady -- who has been the leader of Ireland's Catholics for 18 years -- confirmed that he offered his resignation to Pope Francis in July.
His tenure had been beset by clerical child sex abuse scandals and claims that he helped cover up at least one case.
Archbishop Eamon Martin has been named Dr. Brady's successor. Pope Francis has appointed him Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland. (Armagh is a town in Northern Ireland which serves as the capital of Ireland's Catholic Church.)