Cardinal Brady will not resign over 'abuse failure'
By -- - BBC NEWS
Added: Wed, 02 May 2012 18:02:19 UTC
The Catholic primate of all-Ireland has said that he will not resign as Church leader despite revelations in the BBC's This World programme.
It found Cardinal Sean Brady had names and addresses of those being abused by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.
However, he did not pass on those details to police or parents.
Cardinal Brady said he accepted he was part of "an unhelpful culture of deference and silence in society, and the Church".
"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," he said in a statement on Wednesday.
"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."
The cardinal said he was "shocked, appalled and outraged" by Smyth and said he had trusted that those with the authority to act in relation to Smyth would treat the evidence seriously and respond appropriately.
He accused the BBC of exaggerating his authority in the programme.
"The commentary in the programme and much of the coverage of my role in this inquiry gives the impression that I was the only person who knew of the allegations against Brendan Smyth at that time and that because of the office I hold in the Church today I somehow had the power to stop Brendan Smyth in 1975.
"I had absolutely no authority over Brendan Smyth. Even my Bishop had limited authority over him. The only people who had authority within the Church to stop Brendan Smyth from having contact with children were his Abbot in the Monastery in Kilnacrott and his Religious Superiors in the Norbertine Order."
He added that he had worked with others in the Church to put these new procedures in place and looked forward to continuing that vital work in the years ahead.
Senior Vatican Prosecutor Monsignor Charles Scicluna has defended Cardinal Brady.
"My first point is that Fr Brady was a note taker in 1975, he did what he should have done. He forwarded all the information to the people that had the power to act," he said.
"My second point is that in the interest of the Church in Ireland, they need to have Cardinal Brady as the archbishop of Armagh because he has shown determination in promoting child protection policies. You need to have leaders who have learned the hard way and are determined to protect children."
The BBC investigation centres on a secret church inquiry in 1975 when a 14-year-old boy was questioned about abuse.
Smyth abused him and others in guesthouses on trips across Ireland.
In 1975, Cardinal Brady was a priest and teacher in County Cavan in the Republic of Ireland, when he was sent by his bishop to investigate a claim of child sexual abuse by a fellow priest.
That priest was later exposed as Ireland's most prolific paedophile, Father Brendan Smyth, who died in prison in 1997, one month into a 12 year prison sentence.
Nick Cohen - The Spectator Comments
To be a racist in Britain, you do not need to cover yourself in tattoos and join a neo-Nazi party. You can wear well-made shirts, open at the neck, appreciate fine wines and vote Left at election time.
Brendan O'Neill - The Telegraph Comments
The rebranding of circumcision as 'child abuse' echoes the ugly anti-Semitism of medieval Europe
AFP - - Comments
Circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm, a German court ruled
Katherine Stewart, R. Elisabeth... Comments
Religious Extremism In Public Schools: R. Elisabeth Cornwell & Sean Faircloth interviews author Katherine Stewart
NBC News - MNSBC Comments
A Roman Catholic church official was convicted Friday of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial
Katherine Stewart - The Guardian 36 Comments
How Christian fundamentalists plan to teach genocide to schoolchildren
MORE BY --
-- - Science Daily Comments
Paddlefish have had their genome duplicated, which may have impacted how fins develop into limbs.
-- - UC Davis News Comments
How quickly can new species arise? In as little as 6,000 years, according to a study of Australian sea stars.
-- - The Telegraph Comments
Hotel boss Wayne Bartholomew in unrepentant about his new choice of bedside reading for his guests despite an outcry from church authorities.
-- - CNN Comments
Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, her company said. She was 61.
-- - Science Daily 7 Comments
New research supports the idea that human speech evolved less from vocalizations than from communicative facial gestures.
-- - BBC News 11 Comments
Researchers have identified what they say are the oldest-known musical instruments in the world.