No more secrets on Catholic Church abuse

No more secrets on Catholic Church abuse

Cardinal Sean Brady’s evidence to the Historical Abuse Inquiry last week has made for sobering reading. The former head of the Catholic Church revealed that it never even crossed his mind to inform civil authorities about the abuse of two boys by Fat

For various reasons, he said, “it was considered that the in-house way of doing it ourselves was more prompt, we thought more effective, but it was not; it did not involve the boys having to take the witness stand. We thought that we would deal with this ourselves”.

“There was a shroud of secrecy and confidentiality with a view not to destroying the good name of the Church,” he continued.

So “appalling” had been Smyth’s...

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