Tuesday 25 July 2017

Letters: Brady a fallible leader in a fallible church

Errors of judgement: Sean Brady
Errors of judgement: Sean Brady

The resignation of Cardinal Sean Brady will do little to heal the pain of those abused by Brendan Smyth.

At the heart of the incompetent and inappropriate handling of the abuse scandal was a fatal flaw in the way the Catholic Church was organised and saw itself, not the acts of particular bishops, which were symptomatic of a deeper malaise.

The mode of selection of bishops was, and remains, unfit for purpose. The search for a safe pair of hands to fulfil the bishop's role kills the enthusiasm and drive of many charismatic and dedicated priests who are crying out for inspiring leadership.

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