Tuesday 24 April 2018

Age of reason

• The Catholic Church told me when I came to seven years of age that I had come to the age of reason and understood the difference between right and wrong.

I have two children, aged 11 and nine, and I would view it with great angst if our local curate were to ask them to sign a document of secrecy whereby, as a parent, I was not allowed to know if something serious had befallen them, and especially a crime as perpetrated by Brendan Smyth.

Surely Cardinal Brady -- then Fr Brady (36) and well beyond the age of reason -- knew quite well he was doing wrong by concealing from the children's parents what had happened to their children.

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