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“Frankly I don’t believe that this is a resigning matter.”

Cardinal Seán Brady, centre

Cardinal Brady will not resign over abuse 'cover-up' - BBC News
Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cardinal Seán Brady, primate of all-Ireland, admitted he was present at meetings where two abused teenagers were made to sign vows of silence.

The meetings followed complaints of abuse against Fr Brendan Smyth, jailed in the 1990s for serial child abuse. "Frankly I don't believe that this is a resigning matter," the cardinal said.

Cardinal Brady said he had been following church [his bishop's] orders and that there were no guidelines for him to follow.

Let us refer to another time members of a large hierarchical organisation claimed to be "just following orders".

Principle IV: The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.
Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nürnberg Tribunal and in the Judgment of the Tribunal, 1950

EDIT:
The text of the oath administered by Cardinal Brady to the two teenage victims of rape in 1975:

I [name] herby swear that I have told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and that I will talk to no one about this interview except authorised priests.

One Comment

  1. Pony Boy wrote:

    A man has needs. Priests are men. A priest has needs.

    I think I proved my point...

    Friday, April 9, 2010 at 9:57 am | Permalink

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