SUSPENDED TERRY BRADY FAILS TO APPEAL
Suspended priest - Terry Brady
On Sunday 29th June 2014 I suspended Terry Brady as a priest of The Oratory Society for three reasons:
1. His lack of committment to the Society and to the congregation at Larne.
2. Serious concerns I had about his psychological stability.
3. The continued making of unsubstantiated - and unreported - claims of sexual abuse / harrassment against a wide number of Catholic bishops, priests and seminarians.
In keeping with natural justice I gave Terry 10 days to appeal my decision to the chairperson of The Oratory Society - a lay person - who has also been a loyal friend and supporter to Terry.
Those 10 days ended last night and Terry made no contact with the chair person and made no effort to lodge an appeal.
I had assured Terry in writing that our chair person had full authority to overturn my decision and that if she did so I would accept her decision without hesitation and that as far as I was concerned there would be absolutely no tension between him and I.
However, during the past week Terry contacted me on a number of occasions.
Through a mutual friend he asked if it would be okay for him to telephone me. I agreed immediately. In fact That was on last Tuesday 1st July 2014 and I was travelling all day in the North of England. I texted him at 6.54 pm to tell him I was free to take his call.
Five hours later - at 11.21 pm I received a text from him which read: "Apols Pat, I'm a little drunk and broken. Can I speak when sober"?
I immediately replied: "Absolutely".
For 24 hours I heard nothing and at 10.42 pm on July 2nd I texted him to say: "Thought you were gonna ring me today"?
That was the last I heard from Terry.
These texts in themselves show the problems I have been having with Terry for years. He makes arrangements and never keeps them.
It is very difficult to have a working relationship with someone who says one thing and does another.
Somehow I have come to believe that Terry lives in his own world - a world that does not always have connections with the real world.
But I am more concerned that he continues to make claims about people that are serious.
He has been saying recently that a retired bishop had him to dinner one evening and spent the whole meal talking about the male genitalia!
He claims that the same bishop has invited him to another dinner in the coming weeks. I do not know if the proposed meeting with this bishop is a reality - but I think that the bishop should show caution in arranging such a meeting.
Terry also claims that currently two priests of an Irish diocese are trying to seduce him. If there are priests in touch with him then they need to know what is being said.
We all know that there is abuse, sexual harrassment etc alive and well in the Catholic Church. All such instances should be reported to the church authorities - and if a crime has been committed - or is going to be committed - then these matters should be reported to the police and/or social services.
However we all need to be very careful also about making accusations - because if innocent people are accused - then even if they are found to be untrue - in the current climate mud sticks.