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Top Irish Catholic faces new abuse cover-up claims

Top Irish Catholic faces new abuse cover-up claims

The leader of Ireland's 4 million Catholics, Cardinal Sean Brady, faced renewed pressure to resign Wednesday after a BBC documentary accused him of helping to cover up child abuse committed by a notorious pedophile priest in the 1970s.
Brady already has admitted he took notes of two children's testimony of abuse in 1975 and gave the report to his bishop, not the police. The revelations became public after those victims sued Brady and the church for damages and won confidential settlements.
One of those now-adult children, Brendan Boland, told the BBC he also alerted Brady to several other children being abused by the same priest, but Brady didn't tell their parents of the danger. The priest, Brendan Smyth, spent two more decades abusing children in Ireland and the United States before being imprisoned.
Boland said his own father had not been allowed in the room when Brady questioned him about Smyth's sexual assaults. Brady had the 14-year-old boy sign an oath of secrecy _ a measure that the church insists was designed to protect the boy, not the church.
A prominent Irish support group for child abuse victims, One in Four, said Brady previously declared he would resign if his actions had resulted in unnecessary abuse of even a single child, and should follow through on that promise now.
"The documentary suggests that many children could have been protected from the sexual predator if Cardinal Brady had not been so invested in protecting the church," One in Four said in a statement.
Brady is expected to respond to the new allegations later Wednesday.


Updated : 2021-04-21 21:22 GMT+08:00