Ireland’s Senior Cardinal Says He Won’t Resign Despite Church Crimes
March 16, 2010
Ireland (ChattahBox) – Cardinal Sean Brady has refused to step down after admitting that he had helped to investigate child molestation allegations within the church, and then failed to return evidence over to the police.
Brady allegedly interviewed two children about their experiences of being raped by Rev. Brendan Smyth, and then made them sign oaths not to tell anyone outside of the church.
Smyth went on to rape an undetermined — but large — number of children in the UK, US, and wider Ireland, with the church covering up each allegation as he went.
Brady has said it was not his responsibility to tell police what had occurred, and that it should his been his chapter’s bishop that did so. He said it was the culture of secrecy that kept it from being reported.
“Yes, I knew that these were crimes,” Brady said of the at least 90 children raped by Smyth.
“But I did not feel that it was my responsibility to denounce the actions of Brendan Smyth to the police. Now I know with hindsight that I should have done more, but I thought at the time I was doing what I was required to do.”
Brady is now admitting to knowing about the abuse since the 1970′s because of a lawsuit from one of the female victims of Smyth, in which he has been named a defendant.
Though many have called for him to step down as cardinal, he is refusing to do so, saying that he would only leave his position if the Pope told him to.