Wednesday 23 August 2017

Innocent priests are victims, too

It would seem that Cardinal Brady is at least on extremely thin ice, since the procedure he was involved in in 1975 is not easy to distinguish clearly from a cover-up and was certainly part of a chain of actions and inactions that allowed the diabolical Brendan Smyth to continue his career of abuse for a further 18 years.

But I feel that a word of caution is needed in this whole affair.

While the victims of abuse and cover-up deserve the utmost respect and consideration and should be listened to attentively as plaintiffs and witnesses, they must never be accorded the roles of judge, jury and executioner, roles for which some of the more vocal among them, understandably enough perhaps, seem to have a fairly sanguine taste.

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