Tuesday 22 October 2019

Excommunication hanging over TDs

Madam – I refer to your article headed 'Cardinal keeps excommunication threat hanging over abortion TDs' written by Brian McDonald, (Sunday Independent, May 5, 2013).

I have to say I was enraged, to say the least, by Cardinal Brady's veiled threat of excommunication to some of our excellent TDs. This is, after all, a man of the cloth who blatantly refused to resign (despite growing demands for his resignation at the time) from his position after it came to light that he was part of the 1975 investigation into allegations that Father Brendan Smyth, one of the country's most dangerous paedophiles, had attacked at least five children. It emerged that a then 14-year-old victim of Smyth warned Brady, in secret interviews, that it was likely the late priest was abusing five other named children. But the Cardinal blamed superiors for failing to stop the evil priest abusing over the next 20 years.

To be honest I am fed up with the Catholic Church using fear as a way to control people, especially its so-called flock.

I have to say if I was a TD today mandated by the people of Ireland and under threat of excommunication from the Catholic Church, I would be delighted.

Derry-Ann Morgan,

Swords, Co Dublin

Irish Independent

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