SHOULD POPE FRANCIS SACK CARDINAL BRADY?
|Church Victim - Brendan Boland|
One of the victims of the notorious priest paedophile, Father Brendan Smyth, has just published a book about his abuse and how his case was handled by the Roman Catholic Church. The book is called: SWORN TO SILENCE.
Central to the book's story is the role played by the current Roman Archbishop of Armagh - Cardinal Sean Brady.
As a young priest of 36 then then Father Sean Brady, a canon lawyer, was despatched to interview Brendan Boland and another boy about their abuse by Father Smyth.
Sean Brady - "Prince of the Church"
On that occasion Sean Brady kept the boys parents out of the room and interviewed them and swore the boys to secrecy.
Bot only did Sean Brady speak to the boys about what Father Smyth did to them - but he went on to ask the boys about their own sexual desires and whether or not they had any fantasies about what Father Smyth did to them or whether or not they indulged in "impure thoughts" or "impure actions with themselves" about what Father Smyth did.
Maybe I am wrong - but if a Catholic priest today locked himself into a room with a 14 year old boy, swore him to secrecy and questioned him about his sexuality - that priest would find himself being accused of the most inappropriate behaviour - if not accused of abuse!
But in the 1970s thats what priests did to us all in the Confessional and elsewhere.
Sean Brady gave his written report to his bishop at the time and no one did anything. Father Brendan Smyth went on to abuse dozens of other children.
|Father Brendan Smyth|
Sean Brady's lack of action was partly responsible for the abuse of those other children. Brady knew about Smyth and should have been part of stopping him. But he did not. He claims now that he was a "note-taker".
If children are being abused what kind of priest, bishop, cardinal or pope stands back and gives the excuse: "I was merely a note-taker".
The kind of cleric who does that is not a Christian! The kind of cleric who does that is not even a decent human being!
I wonder did any of the Nazis at Nuremburg offer the defence that they were merely Hitler's "note takers"?
And for his silence - and for his protection of the Catholic Church - Brady went on to be a monsignor, the rector of the Irish College in Rome, an archbishop and a cardinal.
Were these titles and offices Brady's 30 pieces of silver?
Quite simply - yes - they were!
Brady is now 74 year and 11 months old. He has lived a privileged life all his life. He will live a privileged retirement. He will want for nothing. When he dies they will bury him in the grounds of Armagh Cathedral in a beautiful grave and call him the.....successor of Saint Patrick!
When Brendan Smyth died they gave him a full funeral Mass in his Cavan Monastery at 4 am in the morning and filled in his grave with concrete to prevent it being vandalised.
I think that Pope Francis should sack Brady before he gets to him 75th birthday next month when he will automatically submit his retirement to Francis.
A sacking - even at this 11th hour would be some gesture towards Brendan Boland and the dozens of children whose lives Brendan Smyth destroyed.
But I would not hold my breath.
Pope Francis has told us already that he is "A SON OF THE CHURCH".
What he has not explained to us is why so many of the so called "sons of the Church" also turned out to be the Sons of The Evil One?