We don't need to be deflected in this particular saga in anyway as the enablers involved have been identified (none are witches) and have admitted - to some little degree it must be admitted - their culpability.
The Bishops in Maynooth prepare to read a transcript of last night's
This World Programme.
It is repeated on BBC 2 tonight at 9.pm
Listening to a discussion on the Pat Kenny show I can only come to the conclusion that all the clerical gentlemen involved in this fiasco made a complete dogs dinner of it.Yes 37 years ago this was a very sick society and many issues were swept under carpets.There were adoption issues where very strange practises prevailed.A"mind you Ive said nothing" attitude prevailed.The 36 year old priest Fr. Brady was part of a very secretive church and no doubt he felt he was doing his duty--he probably was by the mores of the time.People who knew things stayed silent and many devout Catholics would not hear a word said about their priests or bishops.Remember Monageer,Remember Fethard.Cardinal Brady seems to be a decent man but,while respecting that he intended no wrong,the damage caused to innocent children by the Churches failure to deal with Smyth,an exercise in which he played a part,I believe that he should move on to serve theChurch in another capacity.
As I have said many times, Cardinal Brady has lost moral authority a long time ago and for the life of me, I cannot understand why he is hanging on.
Maybe the country should tale a leaf out of the RCC's current tactic to piss off the Anglicans, and set up a National Ordinariate? A Catholic Confessing Church, as it were. All the ritual, half the calories. All it takes is for one bishop to "go rogue", and the Vatican will be seriously bricking it.