Everytime it seems like the Catholic Church child-raping scandal can’t possibly get any worse, some new story turns up.
In 1975, young victims of sexual abuse were told to sign “vows of silence” that they wouldn’t speak out against Father Brendan Smyth. Cardinal Sean Brady was in the room when that happened and said nothing.
Now that those children are speaking out, Brady has been discovered, and this was his response:
On Tuesday, he said he would continue as leader of Ireland’s Catholics.
… Brady said he had decided to stay in his job “because I want to maintain the momentum towards better child safeguarding”.
He added: “Not only that, but also the momentum towards renewal of the faith which is essential, which is a big challenge here.
“I feel that I have to do what I’m called to do, what I’m placed here to do.
“I am also asking for help to do it, I’m not saying that I’m the greatest or anything like that.”
Brady wasn’t a pedophile himself but he helped cover it up. And he gets to keep his job. As reader Jon writes in an email, “the fact that he protected pedophile priests for over 30 years makes him equally guilty, and equally vile in my opinion.”
These stories are so horrible that I can’t even look at Catholics in my own life the same way anymore.
I keep wondering why they would still remain a member of a Church that condoned child-raping for so long and then handled it as poorly as they did. Yes, they say this is a relatively rare occurrence and the church does so many other good things, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that all this is really happening. It’s not just an isolated incident with some random priest. Many, many, many priests were involved, the Vatican knew about it, and they all tried to keep it a secret for decades.
They made these children sign a vow of silence.
It’s sickening that anyone could be on their side.