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Letters: Brady a fallible leader in a fallible church

Published 19/08/2014 | 02:30

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.

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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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