The Minister for Children has told RTÉ News he believes the Bishop of Cloyne, Dr John McGee, 'must reflect' on the findings of a report into clerical child sexual abuse in his diocese.

Barry Andrews was asked to comment directly on a call by One in Four for Bishop McGee to resign.

The Minister said it was not up to him to say if the Bishop should resign, saying that ‘was a matter for the Pope’.

However, the Minister said the report on the handling by the Cloyne diocese of abuse allegations was very worrying, and he said he did have concern that the Bishop of Cloyne was patron of all national schools in that diocese.

Earlier Dr Magee rejected fresh calls for him to step down.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland, the father of an alleged victim of clerical child sexual abuse called for the Church to 'kick out' Dr Magee. He said Dr Magee should account for himself before being fired.

The call comes after a report by the National Safeguarding Board for Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC), published last week, found the Catholic Church had not responded properly to abuse allegations.

A NBSCCC review of child abuse inquiries in the Diocese of Cloyne found that Church authorities broke their own rules on reporting allegations.

A schoolgirl's allegation, as well as four similar allegations, was not reported by the diocese to the gardaí.

A former priest in Dr Magee's diocese, Fr Matthew Ring, has also called for the bishop to leave office, saying he left Cloyne nine years ago in protest against Dr Magee's response to allegations of psychological, emotional and sexual abuse.

Victims' support organisation One in Four, which gives support to victims of sexual abuse, said the Bishop's position became untenable once the Church board found that Cloyne's child protection practices regarding two accused priests were 'inadequate and in some respects dangerous'.