Shame shrouded in secrecy
IT turns out that secrecy clauses which bind the victims of clerical rape to silence were not confined exclusively to the distant past. It has been argued that in the Ireland of 35 years ago consciences were guided by different values.
One bishop even suggested on air yesterday that the law regarding the sexual abuse of children was so imprecise back in 1975 that it was hard to know what to do about paedophile priests.
Way back then, in that strange and demented society, Cardinal Brady was a small cog, a mere note taker, as frightened children were required to swear oaths of secrecy.