Brady to be Vatican’s sacrificial lamb

The Times makes the sensational claim that the Vatican wants Cardinal Brady to quit. All sources are unnamed.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland will be pressed to quit if he refuses to resign over the growing child abuse scandal, The Times has learnt.
Nothing less than Cardinal Sean Brady’s resignation will diminish fury at the highest levels in Rome over his role in paedophile priest cover-ups.. Dr Brady’s exit, after the resignations of two other bishops, would set in train a Catholic reformation in the country. Other bishops are also expected to go after the influential Tablet journal called for the forced retirement of nearly all as the mood in Ireland reaches “zero tolerance”.
The Northern Ireland Assembly prepared last night to order an official investigation into child abuse in the Province after details emerged of more attacks on children by members of the clergy. The inquiry would be similar to that which uncovered a shocking litany of historic crimes in the Republic of Ireland last year. An official investigation is expected to cost up to £40 million and take no longer than five years.

  • With any luck, if Brady does go, this may be the beginning of the end of the child abuse scandal in the church.

    I hope so, I hope the faithful will feel rejuvenated by this and the church will, in addition to clearing house, clear files and open all allegations to civil authorities.

  • joeCanuck

    No pippakin. The truth finally came out today, at last. The whole thing is just a smear campaign by “dissidents” to try to cast doubts upon the pope and his army of bishops.
    Shame and hell’s damnation to the unbelievers.

  • Drumlins Rock

    the vatican should know if they let the press taste blood they will keep going until they get to Benny himself, why dont the people take over the whole show, ditch the priests, bishops etc, and run thier church themselves.

  • I thought the Vatican daily had spent today complaining about all the nasty people picking on the Pope. Ah, I see that was the dissidents…now I get it.

  • wee buns

    Zero tolerance= very healthy response for the worryingly passive southern populace.

  • wee buns

    or even, FROM THE OTHERWISE worryingly passive southern populate.

  • Alias

    The Irish bishops made a tactical blunder by trooping off to Rome just when the Pope needed to be seen to be tackling the problem of child abuse. Rather than being seen as part of the problem (as the German media began to see him), he was then able to present himself as part of the solution by blaming local administrations rather than systemic failure at the Vatican and he was also able to shift the focus from himself as culprit onto himself as hard-line reformer.

    Sean Brady, I suspect, knows that the game is up. So his period of reflection probably has more to do with negotiating the terms of his retirement rather than riding the storm out. He is obviously in a better position to do a deal by holding on than he would be by conceding.

    But, at any rate, this all-Ireland institution would have implemented the same policies in both sovereign jurisdictions, so that part of the United Kingdom will have a pro-rata share of its abuse victims. Hence it is important that the UK investigates this institution in its jurisdiction.

  • Not sure I agree with that Wee Buns. The southern populace, overwhelmingly Catholic, have been shocked by the extent of the abuse and even more by the scale of the cover ups.

    I think it is going to take some time to get over it. To be fair most of the fuss has come from the south and they have not let go. In papers, tv and radio, the attack has been relentless. It has also been absolutely necessary.

  • joeCanuck

    Other bishops are also expected to go

    Yep, a sacrificial lamb will prove to be not enough. The shepherd will need a whole flock of them, of many nationalities. But, no matter how many he throws to the wolves, it doesn’t mean that he will be immune from justice himself. His best hope is that he will die before the case finally comes to court, if he dares to walk outside the walls when the truth comes flooding out.

  • wee buns

    Pip
    As a northerner living long term in the south my diagnosis is that the southern populace is comparatively speaking despairingly passive, and unpoliticized, in general. If in this case the worm has turned, allow me to register my delight & may it continue.

  • wee buns

    Compared to the north, yes, probably, but compared to the north everywhere is.

    There has been, I think a sense of disbelief here, and a feeling almost of NMBY going on. No one wants to think the church they have been going to for years may have been harboring child molesters. To their credit though people have hung on and insisted on the truth.

  • dodrade

    I wonder would Brady have been thrown to the wolves had not the pope become personally implicated in scandal.

  • wee buns

    Pip
    People have reached saturation point but look at what it has taken.
    The 30-40 yr olds will be the generation to decide if the church has a future or not.

  • wee buns

    Pip
    People have reached saturation point but look at what it has taken.
    The 30-40 yr olds will be the generation to decide if the church has a future or not.

  • wee buns

    I think the argument is with an older thread at the moment. Munsterview got a bit ‘outrageous’, only in my opinion of course…

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    The potential £40m costs of the enquiry are only the beginning. Unlike down south, the Church and its religious orders up here will not be baled out by the state. So we may well go down the American route.

    The question arises as to how the church will cough up if indeed it decides too to settle out of court. Lets look at its assets, in the main churches and schools and religious houses. Some occupy some very sizeable parcels of land. On the other hand cash flow is reducing as attendances fall.

    But how can the church liquefy assets without giving the game away. Perhaps by supporting all ability schooling, rationalising and reducing the number of schools, leaving trustees (the Church) with prime parcels of land up and down the country. Perhaps by rationalising churches in light of falling attendances and vocations overall. Improving cash flow is more problematical but some major restoration schemes can always be used to increase revenue and release funds earmarked for elsewhere. Every little will help.

    In Vatican terms what is needed therefore is not first and foremost a spiritual leader but an administrator who can deliver a financial recovery plan beyond the next ten years. Cardinal Brady is deficient in both areas, he’s history. The need to deliver a financial recovery plan beyond the crisis signals a younger man. This is sending in a priestly fire-fighter to rescue a failing parish writ large.

  • joeCanuck

    It’s becoming clear that the church Fathers are trying to use Brady as a diversion, regardless of his culpability or not. The statements emanate from a whispering campaign by unnamed Vatican sources. Expect the whispering to increase in volume anon.

  • joe

    I cannot imagine the resignation of the Irish Cardinal being enough to quieten the furore. It may help here, although I think it will also need the resignation of more bishops, but it will not help elsewhere in Europe or America.

  • joeCanuck

    Totally agree, pippakin, that’s why I said “..trying..”. I don’t think they will succeed in Ireland or anywhere. The dam really is bursting. More priests like Father Boland in Strabane need to speak out. The good ones must be under incredible pressure due to sideways glances or whatever.

  • joe

    Yes that is the terrible price the innocent are paying, not for the abuse, but for the continuing cover ups. Part of me thinks it has gone far enough now, but after all this fuss, even if the Cardinal resigns, what firm assurances do people really have.

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    A friend jokingly said that the situation was so bad that perhaps each priest should publicly declare from the pulpit that he is not or has not been a child abuser before being allowed to continue his Ministry ie come out as a benign influence. Not funny when you think about it.

  • joeCanuck

    Too many. Start with the bishops; they hold the secrets. If an inquiry is to be held, the authorities should be allowed to demand copies of all of their notes, correspondence etc for, say, the past 50 years.
    Bishops should be forbidden by executive order to purchase or otherwise obtain shredders. OK, that last one is a joke. Parochial Houses usually have a big fireplace. Wonder if the smoke would be black or white.

  • [quote][i]The Northern Ireland Assembly prepared last night to order an official investigation into child abuse in the Province after details emerged of more attacks on children by members of the clergy. The inquiry would be similar to that which uncovered a shocking litany of historic crimes in the Republic of Ireland last year. An official investigation is expected to cost up to £40 million and take no longer than five years. [/i][/quote]

    FFS….. what’s to investigate. The crimes are admitted/confessed to. And official investigations invariably are used to cover up and hide abuses in office rather than clean out the stables but they do provide rich easy pickings for investigative team members and opportunities to charge/fleece/launder Public money into private hands.

    A much better idea for the Northern Ireland Assembly, rather than wasting £40 million on looking into something which every man and dog on the street knows, is to build a new flash prison to house all the perverts and criminals being moved around in the paedophile rings, unless you want them lurking free in secluded places contemplating/reminiscing on their deeds, although you’ll have a hell of a job selling that as a good idea to the abused and the Public. And how very odd that the Vatican chose that route whenever it is such a destructive and rotten See.

    And how very strange that there’s never enough money for the normal things in life but shedloads of it for everything else? Which all goes to suggest that it is a massive con and just a simple means of controlling the ignorant masses with poverty/lack of cash to spend.

  • wee buns

    ‘And how very strange that there’s never enough money for the normal things in life but shedloads of it for everything else?’

    Excellent question.