Friday 20 January 2017

Letters to the Editor: 'God card' does not give wrongdoers a pass

Published 22/08/2014 | 02:30

Sean Brady
Sean Brady

In relation to Cardinal Sean Brady's role in not dealing with the serial child sex abuser Fr Brendan Smyth and the swearing of two sexually abused teenagers to secrecy, I agree with Philip O'Neill (Letters, Irish Independent, August 19) that "what he did was inexcusable".

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But what does Mr O'Neill mean when he says "but [this was] driven by the belief that the hand of God guided that institution in all it did"?

This is dangerous territory. The God card does not give wrong-doers a pass. It is not even a fig leaf. Examples of humans doing wrong in the "belief that the hand of God guided that institution in all it did" are manifold throughout history. One need only look to Islamic State, who claim to be fulfilling the will of Allah in Iraq and Syria.

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