Tuesday 24 October 2017

Colum Kenny: 'You never got to like it?' The answer to that sinister, suspicious, insinuating, abusive question remains 'No'

The manner in which abuse victim Brendan Boland was questioned exposes serious flaws within the church, writes Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

'You never got to like it?" That was one of the remarkable questions put to Brendan Boland when he was interrogated by priests in 1975 after reporting to the Catholic Church his sexual abuse at the hands of Fr Brendan Smyth.

"You never got to like it?" The question itself is abusive. It serves no obvious good purpose. I sought an explanation for it last week, but was told only that the entire exercise was intended "to gather evidence against the criminal priest".

A spokesperson for Cardinal Sean Brady, who was present as a priest at that investigation in 1975, told me that Brady "did not construct those questions or ask those questions". But he was there and he signed off on them (as plain "John" and not "Sean" Brady).

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