Sunday 21 January 2018

Children were left with nowhere to turn in a cold, uncaring church, Cardinal Brady

Dr Sean Brady: 'In the name of God, Cardinal, go – and go now'.
Dr Sean Brady: 'In the name of God, Cardinal, go – and go now'.

• This has to be one of the worst weeks for members of the Catholic Church in Ireland. For the past number of years, we have had the Ferns Report, Cloyne Report, Murphy Report, etc -- and we still don't know where it's going to end.

Like most normal human beings, I abhor the sexual abuse of children by anyone -- but when it's by Catholic priests, albeit only a tiny fraction, it's unforgivable.

I have followed the story of the Brendan Smyth case, that evil man who did so much damage to a huge number of children; but when it became apparent that you, Cardinal Sean Brady, knew in 1975 of this abuse, and you interviewed those children, your only defence and reply was that you took notes and passed on the information to your bishop; and, again using your own words, this was where your responsibility finished. And you now admit you only learned this abuse did not cease 20 years later.

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