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Irish cardinal won't quit over abuse cover-up row

Irish cardinal won't quit over abuse cover-up row

The leader of Ireland's 4 million Catholics, Cardinal Sean Brady, says he won't resign after a BBC documentary accused him of helping to cover up child abuse committed by a pedophile priest in the 1970s.
Brady says nothing in the documentary changes the fact that, as a canon lawyer in 1975, he gave a detailed report to his bishop on the abuse suffered by two teenage boys and suspected abuse of other children. He says it was not his place to notify police or the victims' parents.
Brady said Wednesday in a statement that "in 1975, I was not a bishop."
The pedophile priest, Brendan Smyth, abused dozens more children in Ireland and the United States before his 1994 imprisonment. The handling of his case triggered the collapse of the Irish government. Smyth died in 1997.


Updated : 2021-04-18 02:03 GMT+08:00