September 1st, 2010
04:04 PM ET

Irish cardinal: I will not resign after scandals

Editor's note: Watch CNN's interview with Cardinal Brady in a special report by Nic Robertson on "Connect the World" on CNN International at 9 p.m. London time/4 p.m. ET.

Months after the revelation that he helped cover up for one of Ireland's most notoriously abusive priests, the country's top Catholic churchman, Cardinal Sean Brady, says he has "moved on" and will not resign.

"I've moved on there, I think, and I got a lot of support in my decision," he told CNN in a rare interview.

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Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Europe • Ireland • Scandal

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  1. Kyrstin L

    @ David Johnson....Well, by many accounts on this blog, referencing a cartoon is about as good as referencing the Bible! (LOL). Besides, I love South Park. Maybe that's the next religion....South Parkist? Or South Parkism? Hmmmm.......

    South Parkism exists! Google it, my dude.

    October 15, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  2. JimBean

    Oh, he's moved on ? Thats very big of him. Why in the hell dont we prosecute these scumbags like any other corporation breaking the law? Oh yeah the whole church and state thing. just amazing.
    With a few isolated incidents we could say "well thats sucks but it's bound to happen". But the catholic church seems to be teeming with pedophiles, they seem more akin to nambla then a religious order.
    No?Explain dirt like Bernard Law and why the chruch protects him still? How do you catholics rationalize this consistant abuse, coverup and protection of criminals? Bernard Law NEVER faced the grand jury he is stil protected in Rome, like others.

    Total cover church up, if the devil exists he lives in the catholic church.

    September 3, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  3. Mark

    Whatever so called support you feel you have is just from other a$$ holes like yourself. You are a disgrace. The church should kick you to the curb and now. Oh wait. They don't do that sort of thing. They keep the slime in house

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  4. Kate


    Oh I see how it goes, you leave us over here flogging a dead horse (not cardinal – unfortunately) while you go off enjoying yerself and everythin'? Yeesh!

    Looks like I picked the wrong day to give up poking Reality in the nose frequently

    Nah, not really 🙂

    Just pokin'

    September 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Kate: Unfortunately that's not what David was flogging... Reality is awfully silent in the Hawking article though...

      September 3, 2010 at 11:46 am |
    • Kate


      I don't think he has as many websites he can cut and paste from and it look relevant when it comes to quantum physics ... but no worries, he'll find something to rehash his favorite websites on over and over again soon 🙂

      You notice David didn't reply to the blog post? I think the clamps stunned him 🙂

      Just sayin'

      September 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  5. Frogist

    But why doesn't the Catholic church get rid of him? Can't Big Papa just tell him he's no longer welcomed? And what of the people in his parish? How can they just accept this man as one of their own? Shouldn't they be lining up in front of his house with pitchforks by now? This is so disappointing. A systematic cover up by the Catholic church possibly going back 70 years... I forget, did the article say anything about charges being brought for obstruction of justice? Do you still get to be a cardinal after you get thrown in jail for a while? I want CatholicMom to weigh in on this.

    September 2, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
    • Kate


      The Church in Ireland is hard to explain ... It's actually a lot like the old Soviet media.

      In those days, it was OK to criticize the mistakes and crimes of the individuals, but never the system – to do so would be to imply the system itself was flawed.

      The Church is the same way.

      But worse is Brady honestly believes that he did nothing wrong because he was following the "rules" – and since the rules are from The Church, they can't be wrong, ergo he didn't. He also believes that he can move on because he said his confession, said half a dozen hail marys, and that's it, it's over.

      That's how the Church works in Ireland – they can do no wrong, when they do wrong it wasn't their fault, and anything else is anathema to confess to.

      And the authorities tend to give the benefit of the doubt to the Church for the exact same reasoning.

      September 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Frogist & @Kate

      Yep.... you were right.... We were battling the fundies on the Hawking article.... 🙂


      September 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
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