Tuesday 12 December 2017

Cardinal not quitting over Smyth cover-up

John Cooney

THE leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland will not be standing down amid the furore over his role in the cover-up of notorious paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.

Cardinal Sean Brady last night confirmed he has asked Pope Benedict to appoint another bishop in the archdiocese of Armagh to help him implement child protection procedures.

Officially confirming he does not intend to resign, the 70-year-old Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland said he would continue "the vital work of healing, repentance and renewal, including engagement with survivors of abuse".

In a statement, he said additional support would enable him to meet "the many other challenges and opportunities which confront the Diocese of Armagh and the church".

He also welcomed the Elliott Report, which showed 2,356 individuals have been trained and are now acting as child safeguarding representatives in parishes across the country.

Irish Independent

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