� Ireland's senior Roman Catholic, Cardinal Sean Brady, said Monday he would not resign despite admitting he helped the church collect evidence against a child-molesting priest � and never told police about the crimes.
Brady, as a priest and Vatican-trained canon lawyer in 1975, said he interviewed two children about the abuse they suffered at the hands of the Rev. Brendan Smyth. He said both children were required to sign oaths promising not to tell anyone outside the church of their allegations.
Smyth went on to molest and rape scores of other children in Ireland, Britain and the United States before British authorities in neighboring Northern Ireland demanded his arrest in 1994. The Irish government of the day collapsed amid acrimony over why Smyth was not quickly extradited to Belfast.
Of course, sanctuary in the Republic- where historically the government and Catholic Church were entwined as 1-
Answer by Sisteract at 10:37 AM on Mar. 16, 2010
Answer by older at 11:14 AM on Mar. 16, 2010
I have a hard time understanding why these men are not charged with obstruction of justice. Clergy or not, they still have to abide by the laws that govern our society.
Answer by SRiveroC at 11:32 AM on Mar. 16, 2010
I have a hard time understanding why these men are not charged with obstruction of justice. Clergy or not, they still have to abide by the laws that govern our society
Me too...they act like they are ABOVE the law because they are TREATED like they are above the law,,,.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:08 PM on Mar. 16, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 1:59 PM on Mar. 16, 2010
Why don't defense lawyers just tell the truth about their guilty clients? Oh yeah, there is that confidentiality thing. It is extra horrible in this situation, but that is how it is. What I don't get is why the parents would agree to keep it quiet. There isn't enough money or coersion in the world that would get me to protect a child molester.
Priests only have confidentiality when they are hearing confession, not when they find out other priests break the law
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:34 PM on Mar. 16, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 7:55 PM on Mar. 16, 2010