June 14th, 2010
08:26 AM ET

Cardinal should quit over abuse scandal, most Irish say

Three out of four Irish adults say the country's top churchman, Cardinal Sean Brady, should resign for his role in hiding abuse of children by one of the country's most notoriously abusive priests decades ago, according to a poll published by the Irish Times Monday.

Brady (pictured) was part of an internal church investigation into Father Brendan Smyth in 1975. He did not report his findings to the police and asked two teenagers who gave him evidence to sign oaths of secrecy.

Child abuse by Catholic clergy in Ireland has become such a widespread scandal that the pope addressed it in an unprecedented pastoral letter to Irish Catholics.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Sex abuse

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  1. Stan James

    The church has been shown to be the physical and sexual abuser of children all over the world – Brazil, USA, Ireland, italy, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Germany etc.

    And the big issue is that they for decades if not centuries covered up these vile crimes because their money and power were more important then the mental and physical health of the children they are sworn to protect. And the rot reaches allt the way to the top

    And to show the utter hypocrisy of this 'institution", they used the argument of "protecting children" to kill off marriage equality for gay people in Maine and CAlifronia.

    This is btw, the same church that gave us the hatred of Jesus own people, the Jews, which their still UNexcommunicated boy hitler used to get elected , and 50 million died for the church of life.

    And then the church gav a significant number of Nazis passports so they could escape justice by fleeing to Argentina. No wonder Argentina had Jewish Temple bombings in the 1960s and 1970s.

    And the Pope in 2009 UNexcommunicated a Bishop Williamson, who is a holocaust denier, but has 600000 mad followers. At least Argentina discovered he was living there and threw him out of the country.

    The catholic church has for much of its life been the very example of the Anti-Christ> Pompus dress, fancy ceremonies, a dictatorial king" on top who only cares about power and money. the rest if fluff.

    Whose best described as those who believe that if you tell lies often enough and outrageous enough,, they will be seen as the truth.

    July 6, 2010 at 2:13 am |
  2. Another.Son.Of.Ursus

    "UNSPEAKABLE" is a word that comes up whenever the R.C.C. has to explain itself, as it stumbles from one issue, (condoms Vs. STD's, overpopulation & poverty Vs. contraception, gay & proud Vs. closeted, furtive & overly fond of children, Etc.) in the 21st. Century.
    Perhaps, when the youngest seminarian is the same age as his Not-So-Holyness, he'll get the message!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  3. Amira Kidd

    This is the deal. Sexual abuse is a taboo in or out of the church. Within the church in early periods of time it was not just an embarrassment on the family who experienced the abuse, but also the church who was involved. To admit that the great holy church was making mistakes especially to the lay people who looked up to them and sometimes worshiped them more than God, was just unspeakable, more than the abuse itself. To the church to keep its belief alive and running some things needed to be kept secret. Now pass this attitude on from generation to generation within the church and you get what we call group think, where if anyone is thinking negative about the whole situation they are seen as not being faithful to their mission. The Catholic Church is just realizing that change must come now or watch slowly as the church falls apart.

    June 15, 2010 at 1:33 am |
  4. George

    You know Jesus said himself in Mat 7:15-20 "Be on the watch for the false prophets that come to You in sheep’s covering, but inside they are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruits you will recognize them. Never do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they? 17 Likewise every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit; 18 a good tree cannot bear worthless fruit, neither can a rotten tree produce fine fruit. 19 Every tree not producing fine fruit gets cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Really, then, by their fruits you will recognize those [men]."
    The fruits of the RCC has been rotten since it's inception. Look at their history and you will see nothing but torture, murder, child molestation and countless horrors. We could be here all night but the fact is that they hide behind the cloth but inside are the same wolves Jesus warned us about, just look at the fruits. Thats why the time has come to cut it down and throw it into the fire...trust me that time is coming and that time is here!!!

    June 15, 2010 at 1:03 am |
  5. carlos obrien

    The catholic church has killed more peope and screwed more kids than all other religons combined-Caarlos

    June 14, 2010 at 11:37 pm |
  6. Reality

    The RCC is not alone in covering up pedophilia. The same thing happened and happens in the Southern Baptist Convention, Judaism and the Boy Scouts.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  7. Eric

    Resign?!?!? He should be prosecuted. An appology is hollow unless they show what the church knew, when they knew and admit they covered up the rape of children. I cannot believe society is letting these pedophiles hide behind the cross. Please, will a believer explain how this is moral?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:42 am |
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