SEAN BRADY RESIGNATION - PART 11
Yesterday I published a STRONGLY WORDED Blog about the resignation of Sean Brady as Archbishop of Armagh.
There were 2 responses to that Blog:
1. It had TWICE the nornal 24 hour readership.
2. I was criticised by some responders for what I wrote.
I welcome ALL constructive criticism of everything I say and do. I am not infallible. I am a fallible human being. Like everyone I sometimes get things right and I sometimes get them wrong. The fact that I wish. today, to address the critisism of my Blog of yesterday, is an indication that I listen to criticism and examine myself and my conscience in the context of it.
I have been on the receiving end of verbal and written abuse for 30 years now. Such abuse no longer upsets me. It says more about the abusers than it says about me. It certainly will not have the effect of stopping me expressing my strong held views and conviction.
BILE AND ANGER:
Some responders have said that I sometimes Blog with "bile and anger". I do not believe this to be true. I am a very content person and those who know me personally know that I am rational, mild, a listener and very open to the views of others.
But on some topics about which I feel strongly I am passionate in thought and in word. My writing style can be provocative. But I believe that there is a place - on some issues in particular - for what mught be called "righteous anger".
I think the abuse of little children - and the cover up of that abuse rightly draws righteous anger.
What about Jesus when he went into the temple with the whip? I'm sure the Pharisees and many others watching would have said: "This Nazarene is full of bile and anger".
There is a world of difference between between irrational bile and anger and righteous anger.
I have been accused of judging Sean Brady. I am not God and I am not entitled to be Sean Brady's final judge.
But I am quite entitled to judge his actions and his inactions against the background of the teachings of Jesus and Christian Moral Theology.
Are people trying to tell me that:
1. Sean Brady was right to interview 2 little boys in a room with their parents locked outside?
2. That Sean Brady was entitled to swear two immature 14 year olds to canonical secrecy?
3. That Sean Brady was entitled to ask the boys if what Brendan Smyth did to them led then to have "impure thoughts"?
4. That Sean Brady was right not to report Brendan Smyth to the police - no matter what his bishop thought.
We can not judge Sean Brady in the sense that we can say that he is not destined for Heaven. But we can make the judgement that his handling of those two little boys go against Gospel values and the precepts of Christian Moral Theology.
SEAN BRADY'S SOUL:
Of course Sean Brady HAS a soul.
But Jesus did say that it was possible for any of us to LOSE our souls - when He said: "What would it profit a man if he won the whole world but suffered the LOSS of his own soul".
No one can take our souls away from us. But we can give away our souls. We can sell our souls.
The Nazis wanted Dietrich Bonhoeffer to sell or abandon his soul to them and stop criticising them. But Bonhoeffer refused to give them his soul and he became a Christian martyr.
Father Maximilian Kolbe also refused to give his soul to the Nazis and as result too he died singing God's praises in a sweat box in the concentration camp.
GANDHI refused to sell his soul to the British in India.
In my opinion, Sean Brady sold his soul to the Roman Catholic Institution. He may have believed - and may still believe - that he was doing "God's will".
But surely he only had to read his New Testament to know that this was not God's will. Or was he so brainwashed by Catholic theology and propaganda that he did not know what he was doing?
But he must have known that he was being rewarded for something:
1. Vice Rector of the Pontifical Irish College.
2. Rector of the Pontifical Irish College.
These rewards are given to "safe men"; "company men"; footmen; hirelings; lackies; retainers; vassals.
The cost of these rewards are the relinquishing of one's integrity of soul.
There was never a Cardinal Martin Luther.
There was never a Cardinal Francis of Assissi.
There will never be a Cardinal Hans Kung.
75th Birthday of Cardinal Sean B Brady.