WHERE was Cardinal Sean Brady’s conscience when he helped hush-up the crimes of a child rapist?
It is a timely question, because he is now lecturing us on what our consciences should lead us to do.
The statement he issued with the three other Catholic archbishops, in response to government plans to legislate for the X-Case ruling, is big on the concept of conscience — it is a shame the cardinal’s own conscience was lacking when he had abuse victims sign secrecy agreements, instead of speaking out and saving other children from being raped.
Regarding the X-Case legislation, the archbishops’ statement says: "On a decision of such fundamental moral importance, every public representative is entitled to complete respect for the freedom of conscience. No one has the right to force or coerce someone to act against their conscience. Respect for this right is the very foundation of a free, civilised and democratic society."
The dictionary definition of the word ‘conscience’ is: "The awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one’s conduct, together with the urge to prefer right over wrong."
In 1975, Cardinal Brady was part of team of clerics that interviewed a 14-year-old boy who had been abused for two years by the paedophile, Fr Brendan Smyth.
The boy told the panel about other victims of Smyth, yet he was sworn to secrecy.
One of the other victims was interviewed by Brady. The boy’s parents were never told about the interview, nor about the abuse he suffered.
Full article by Shaun Connolly here