Wednesday 22 November 2017

Hurt, humility and arrogance

CARDINAL Brady's dignified and contrite public appeal for time and space to reflect on reaction to his role in the 1975 handling of two abuse cases by a serial paedophile was in contrast to provocative comments by his most vociferous defender, Mgr Maurice Dooley.

Without referring directly to his failure to report Brendan Smyth to the civil authorities, Cardinal Brady expressed his shame and did apologise to those who had been hurt by "any" failure on his part.

His observation that this was a time for deep prayer and much reflection was not well received by one abuse victim, who suggested that the cardinal had already had 35 years to reflect.

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