Cardinal Error: Brady Gets the Red Hat

I see Seán Brady has been elevated to Cardinal and is now a Prince of the Church.

Well I have nothing to say about that. My earlier open letter to him says all I want to say, and I think it’s best to just re-publish it.


Archbishop Seán Brady
Co Down

18th December 2006

Dear Archbishop Brady,

May I call you Seán? I read your comments in the paper today, and I have to tell you that I agree completely with almost everything you said. You’re quite right that there’s more coarseness and aggression in Irish society than there used to be. You’re also correct in saying that there’s a lot more drinking and sexualisation of children at too early an age. Fair play to you for pointing it out.

I’m glad for you that you’ve learned so much in the last ten years about the suffering of abuse victims. This is a good thing for you. Also, I’m sorry you’ve seen a decline to zero in the numbers of people joining your priesthood. That’s terrible, for you.

I’m glad you’re so committed to child protection. This is very encouraging.

Seán, (can I call you that?), I grew up in an Ireland where your church demanded complete obedience. I grew up in an Ireland where your church thought it had the right to dictate to the government what laws it passed. I grew up in an Ireland where bishops like you thought they could tell the Irish people how to vote.

Seán (can I call you that?), you’d do well not to be talking about the sexualisation of children. Your colleague and predecessor, Cathal Daly, declared that he had no authority over that child-abuser, Brendan Smyth, because he was a member of a religious order. That same lack of authority didn’t stop you, Seán (can I call you that?) from silencing an Augustinian priest in Dundalk who did no more than share an act of communion with some Protestants.

An act of love.

Seán (can I call you that?), if you think there’s a moral vacuum in Ireland, you’re dead right. You see, in the Ireland where I grew up, people like you demanded total obedience, and the Irish people set aside their critical faculties in your favour, because they thought you knew everything. No civic society developed because you, Seán (can I call you that?), took charge of the whole lot and decided where people could dance, what they could wear and who they could talk to.

So, Seán (can I call you that?), is it really any surprise that, when your people are exposed as money-grabbing, child-abusing, power-mad hypocrites, there might be a small bit of a moral vacuum?

I think not, Seán.

(Can I call you that?).




PS. Well done on the promotion, Seán! Onwards and upwards.

To infinity . . . and BEYOND!!


See also

Oh, Those Feckin Old Bishops!

Half God, Half Biscuit

They Just Don’t Get It, Do They?


16 thoughts on “Cardinal Error: Brady Gets the Red Hat

  1. Bock, I thought we’d moved on from that church and state thing. So when I sat down last night for news at 6 on RTE1, after the Angelus, and waited for news at 6 to arrive, and credit to RTE for covering the purple hat as their top story. And then I waited for the latest Tsunami, or Bertispeak, or Brownism or Charlie Bird in Hell story, but nothing ( had to go for second cup of tea and also had time for row with daughter ), the purple hat wouldn’t go away, headline news for nearly 15 minutes cause there was no other news worthy of this prime time slot. The pictures of Armagh were nice though. Kiss my ring !

  2. S&C: Are you sure about the purple hat? I think it’s red.

    Medbh: You reckon Seán is a company man? As in grovelling toady, or as in Gordon Gecko?

  3. Only in matters of faith and morals, and when I declare myself so.

    Now IT is a different matter entirely and I’m not sure open source would be in keeping with the ethos of the Church through the ages.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.