Brady claims moral authority but is undone by feet of clay
Moral crusaders must maintain impeccable standards or risk being outed as sanctimonious phoneys – and nothing damages a cause like hypocrisy. This is neither canon nor criminal law, but the law of common sense.
When Cardinal Sean Brady sets himself up as a moral authority, lecturing TDs on their duties as lawmakers and Catholics on their obligation to oppose abortion legislation, naturally his credentials are relevant.
In theory, his role as the Catholic Church's Primate of All Ireland should mean his voice is an influential one in the abortion debate.