Saturday 10 December 2016

Child abuse as wrong in 1975 as it is today

Published 18/03/2010 | 05:00

WHILE Cardinal Sean Brady comes across as a decent man, surely to God he must realise the appalling lapse in judgment in respect of the two child victims of Fr Brendan Smyth 35 years ago, which not only failed them and their families, but undoubtedly helped facilitate the subsequent years of human depredation by that evil priest.

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Furthermore, it is simply nauseating to hear Cardinal Brady, and some of his current apologists, try to argue that 1975 was a different time -- with different standards of accountability, moral responsibility and duties to protect our most vulnerable citizens.

Those of us who were adults at that time certainly do not buy this attempted moral dichotomy, nor the resort to canonical sophistry about being a mere note-taker, and disputed obligations to report crime.

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