Did anyone watch the documentary on BBC1 last night. In which it was shown that in 1975 Cardinal Brady was a priest involved in the investigating of abuse by paedophile Father Brendan Smyth? Cardinal Brady was was then a young priest who was investingating the claims of abuse. He interviewd a 14 year old boy who had went to another priest and told him that he was being abused. The boy also gave the names and adresses of other children all over Ireland who were being abused by Bendan Smyth on his "little trips" with children. Detailed horrible accounts of sexual abuse. Brady along with other senior priests did nothing to protect the children mentioned. They made the children sign a document in which they said they would never discuss again what had been said with anyone other than the priests at the interview. The Church made them swear this and sign documents, there were canon lawyers present. The parents were never told. And Father Brendan smyth went on abusing the boy for another year. Then young his sister was abused for 7 years and even cousins of the boy were abused up untill 1988.
Smyth after the allegations was reprimanded by? Not being allowed to hear confessions! WTF???
He went through the 70s and 80s as a practising priest moving around the country abusing children.
Now Cardinal Brady is on record filmed as saying that if ever he felt that he was in a position to help a child and he didn't he would resign. If any parent had a child come to them and say that they were being abused I know that the parent would do what ever it took to stop that abuse and to have who ever did it held accountable. Any normal person would do whatever they could to stop it! He kept quiet and he continued to rise up the hierarchy of the Church knowing of all the horrors that were going on. Therefore he is a liar, a sinner and fraud.
He should resign.
But the church is playing the blame game. Passing on the blame to others, probably so they can place it on the heads of already long dead senior priests. Fact is all the way up to the Pope the Church knew children were being sexually abused. And they did not go to police and have it stopped. Something any true christian would do. They put the importance of the brand of the guilded catholic Church before the suffering of children!
They abused their power.