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Thread: Oaths of Silence Forced On Fr. Brendan Smyth's Victims

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    Default Oaths of Silence Forced On Fr. Brendan Smyth's Victims

    Cardinal Sean Brady has confirmed that he represented the Church at meetings when two teenage victims of Fr Brendan Smyth signed an oath of silence about their complaints.

    Statement from Cardinal's office :
    'In 1975, Fr Sean Brady, as he then was, was the part-time secretary to the then Bishop of Kilmore, the late Bishop Francis McKiernan. At the direction of Bishop McKiernan, Fr Brady attended two meetings: in the Dundalk meeting Fr Brady acted as recording secretary for the process involved and in the Ballyjamesduff meeting he asked the questions and recorded the answers given. At those meetings the complainants signed undertakings, on oath, to respect the confidentiality of the information gathering process. As instructed, and as a matter of urgency, Fr Brady passed both reports to Bishop McKiernan for his immediate action.'

    Truly chilling ,,,, and the further obscenity is that this oath
    was administered by a priest on child rape victims of a priest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by breakingnews View Post
    Something on RTE news about Cardinal Brady and Brendan Smith??
    Just got the tail end of that. The whole 9 o'clock news will be available on the RTÉ player in an hour or so, if I'm not wrong.

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    Wow, calling God as a witness to that! Christianity, much?

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    Is there no end to this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aggressivesecularist View Post
    Just got the tail end of that. The whole 9 o'clock news will be available on the RTÉ player in an hour or so, if I'm not wrong.
    It warrants a separate thread. He took the minutes during the discussions with Brendan Smith's victims.

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    Brady has admitted he was present at a meeting where two victims of Brendan Smith signed an oath of secrecy.

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    This was done to protect the privacy of those involved,

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    just during the information gathering process or still now ? l think these info gatherings should have been attended by a legal rep/social worker - otherwise the process itself is entirely questionable.

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    These " oaths " would have no legal standing, I'm fairly certain. Brady needs to clarify this asap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turdsl View Post
    This was done to protect the privacy of those involved,
    That will be the spin alright.

    I'll bet the two signatories thought they were signing an oath committing them to keep their respective mouths shut about the abuse they had suffered at the hands of Brendan Smyth.

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