Brady departure will be quiet and unhurried

Despite the criticisms about Seán Brady's failure to act effectively on revelations of child abuse by Fr Brendan Smyth, there will be no spectacular exit, writes Kieron Wood.

5th May, 2012
Cardinal Seán Brady. Photo: Photopress

Cardinal Seán Brady has faced intense pressure to resign following last Tuesday's BBC Northern Ireland documentary on a 1975 inquiry into the notorious paedophile Fr Brendan Smyth.

But Brady - who has been head of the Catholic Church in Ireland since 1996 - will not bow to the calls to step down. Instead, the Vatican will agree within months to appoint an assistant bishop with the right of succession, and the cardinal will retire...

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