Wednesday 24 May 2017

Brady claims moral authority but is undone by feet of clay

Church abuse...File photo dated 07/03/2011 of Cardinal Sean Brady, who has come under further pressure from Ireland's deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore over his role in a secret child abuse inquiry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 3, 2012. The cardinal has faced a mounting chorus of calls by senior politicians in the Republic and Northern Ireland to resign amid disgust over the 1975 investigation and inaction against abusive priest Brendan Smyth. See PA story IRISH Abuse. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire...A
Church abuse...File photo dated 07/03/2011 of Cardinal Sean Brady, who has come under further pressure from Ireland's deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore over his role in a secret child abuse inquiry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 3, 2012. The cardinal has faced a mounting chorus of calls by senior politicians in the Republic and Northern Ireland to resign amid disgust over the 1975 investigation and inaction against abusive priest Brendan Smyth. See PA story IRISH Abuse. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire...A

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.

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