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Irish Cardinal Rejects New Accusations on Pedophile Priest


The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, said on Wednesday that he would not resign despite new accusations that he failed 35 years ago to alert the parents of victims of a serial pedophile priest, allowing the abuse to continue for at least another decade.

The cardinal’s statement blamed other members of the church hierarchy as failing to act to halt the priest, Brendan Smyth.

“With others, I feel betrayed that those who had the authority in the Church to stop Brendan Smyth failed to act on the evidence I gave them,” Cardinal Brady said in his statement. “However, I also accept that I was part of an unhelpful culture of deference and silence in society, and the church, which thankfully is now a thing of the past.”

Cardinal Brady resisted calls to step down two years ago over his role in a 1975 church investigation, saying his role had been confined to taking notes in interviews with a child who said he and others were being sexually abused by Father Smyth. [more]


NY Times



  1. "Had It" Catholic says:

    It doesn’t take a psychologist, a bishop or anybody else in a position of authority to instinctly know that molesting a child is horribly wrong, that a person who does this is really sick and shouldn’t be moved around from parish to parish in secret to commit more atrocities.

  2. Michael says:

    I wonder if there would be enough room for all the members of the pychological community who admised the Bishops that these priests could be cured if they went for a 6 mo. treatment and then return to their parishes. It’s easy to accuse the Bishops of not acting responsibly when they were following the experts who were advising them in these areas. NO ONE WAS DEALING WITH PEDIPHILIA! Not Bishops, Nuns, School Districts, Sports Officials, etc. The Catholic church is doing more than anyone else in matters of child abuse. Those who are accusing the Bishops, just think, if you were a Bishop at that time you probably would have done the same thing based on the information given you. However, we do need some scapegoats now, don’t we!

    • Recovering Catholic says:

      That’s just ignorant. As early as 177 A.D., Bishop Athenagoras characterized adulterers and pederasts as enemies of Christianity and subjected them to excommunication, then the harshest penalty the Church could inflict. The Council of Elvira in 305 A.D. enlarged on this earlier condemnation as did the Council of Ancrya in 314 A.D.

  3. Thomas Merton says:

    Maybe he can join cardinal law at the vatican so he can escape prosecution. These church officials have to be held accountable for their unlawful and heinous behavior in the name of the church. This has got to stop.


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