Cardinal Seán Brady’s Apology

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Mar 172010
 

Seán Brady gave a homily today in which he addressed his handling of the rapes by Brendan Smyth.

Unfortunately, though the man seems well-intentioned, he’s still a prisoner of doublespeak and evasion, and apparently unable to state unequivocally that he did a wrong thing.

I’ll emphasise Brady’s weasel-phrases in boldface, followed by my  own suggested wording.  You can safely ignore the rest of his platitudes, but watch out for the suggested changes in wording.  They’re small but significant.

For your sanity, I’ve omitted some of the trite old waffle these people preach on auto-pilot, since it isn’t relevant to the rape cases.

______________________

This week a painful episode from my own past has come before me.

[This week a disgraceful episode from my own past has caught up with me.]

I have listened to reaction from people to my role in events thirty five years ago. I want to say to anyone who has been hurt by any failure on my part that I apologise to you with all my heart.

[I want to say to the people I hurt by my actions that I apologise to you with all my heart]

I also apologise to all those who feel I have let them down.

[I also apologise to those people I let down].

Looking back I am ashamed that I have not always upheld the values that I profess and believe in.

[Looking back I am ashamed that I did not save children from being raped.]

… we must humbly continue to deal with the enormity of the hurt caused by abuse of children by some clergy and religious and the hopelessly inadequate response to that abuse in the past.

[we must humbly continue to deal with the enormity of the hurt caused by abuse of children by clergy and religious and the cynical cover-up of that abuse in the past.]

I believe the period up to the Eucharistic Congress has to involve a sincere, wholehearted and truthful acknowledgement of our sinfulness.

[I believe the period up to the Eucharistic Congress has to involve a sincere, wholehearted and truthful acknowledgement of our crimes].

Like St. Patrick, like St. Peter, we as Bishops, successors of the Apostles in the Irish Church today must acknowledge our failings.

[Like St. Patrick, like St. Peter, we as Bishops, successors of the Apostles in the Irish Church today must acknowledge our crimes].

The integrity of our witness to the Gospel challenges us to own up to and take responsibility for any mismanagement or cover-up of child abuse.

[The integrity of our witness to the Gospel challenges us to own up to and take responsibility for our mismanagement and cover-up of child abuse].

For the sake of survivors, for the sake of all the Catholic faithful as well as the religious and priests of this country, we have to stop the drip, drip, drip of revelations of failure.

[For the sake of survivors, for the sake of all the Catholic faithful as well as the religious and priests of this country, we have to stop the drip, drip, drip of revelations of crime].

The Lord is calling us to a new beginning. None of us knows where that new beginning will lead.

Does it allow for wounded healers, those who have made mistakes in their past to have a part in shaping the future?

[Does it allow for arrogant bishops, those who have concealed crimes in their past to have a part in shaping the future?]

This is a time for deep prayer and much reflection. Be certain that I will be reflecting carefully as we enter into Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost. I will use this time to pray, to reflect on the Word of God and to discern the will of the Holy Spirit. I will reflect on what I have heard from those who have been hurt by abuse. I will also talk to people, priests, religious and to those I know and love.

Pray for those who have been hurt. Pray for the Church. Pray for me.

  9 Responses to “Cardinal Seán Brady’s Apology”

Comments (9)
  1.  

    I would also change this: “The Lord is calling us to a new beginning” to “The world is calling us to a new beginning” – they may believe it’s their magic sky pixie calling, but it’s a bit more obvious than that.

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    Indeed. It’s just that I was trying to confine it to his talk about what they actually did, or more specifically to his avoidance of such talk.

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    The catholic church is aware and has been for a very long time that the one form of deviant human behaviour that cannot be altered, changed or cured, is the sexual deviant. They have studied it, written tomes on it and have hidden all their own findings.
    Luckily others have also engaged in similar research and their findings are not hidden.
    The pedophile is active from mid to late teens to early thirties. Remains dormant from late thirties to mid to late fifties and by his sixties is rampant again just like he was in his twenties. This rampant period lasts until death. The church are well aware of these facts.
    The church should be proscribed.

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    This is the apology I could accept from Professor Brady:
    My actions and omissions have shown me to be a sneaky bully.
    I rose to the very pinnacle of the Irish catholic church by being underhand and overbearing.
    The culture and ethos of the Irish catholic church is sneaky bullying.
    As a thirty five year old man I extracted oaths of secrecy from child rape victims as young as ten years by placing them under threat of excommunication and eternal damnation to the fires of hell. I did this in order to falsify a good reputation for my church and to advance my own career within it. This sneaky bullying was what was expected of me by my church as a matter of course.
    My crime of hiding these rapes from the police and silencing the victims led inevitably to further rapes, ruined lives and suicides. I have blood on my hands.
    My church is an evil powerbase not fit to work with children and will withdraw forthwith from all schools and hospitals.
    My church will withdraw forthwith from the treasonous power sharing agreement between the sovereign Republic of Ireland and the corrupt dictatorship of the Vatican, returning to the Irish people all of the institutions which we have controlled, with their lands and buildings.
    My church will return forthwith to the Irish people the vast wealth in money and lands accumulated by the Irish catholic church during the prolonged poverty and social devastation of the last two centuries, and will desist forthwith from collecting money from citizens and from state sources.
    And I hereby resign as cardinal and primate and bishop, and will no longer fill those offices, whether or not the pope releases me from them.

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    Were I don’t understand is why people like him are not been charged with a crime surely even in Ireland its a crime to cover up child rape?
    There is an item on the UK Mail about Mr Brady people should make some comments now that the Nazi Pope is about to visit the UK.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1258672/Cardinal-Sean-Brady-head-Irish-Catholic-church-admits-shame-role-paedophile-priest-Brendan-Smyth-scandal.html

  6.  

    Fear not; Pope Strangelove will hear his confession.

  7.  

    Dear Bock,

    You have demonstrated the power of language, very ably, in your article, of 17th March 2010, entitled, “Cardinal Seán Brady’s Apology”.

    In similar manner, on the day Bishop Donal Murray resigned, Thursday 17th December 2009, Bishop Murray stated:

    “I asked the Holy Father to allow me to resign and to appoint a new bishop to the Diocese because I believe that my presence will create difficulties for some of the survivors who must have first place in our thoughts and prayers.”

    I say with certainty, that Bishop Murray’s continued presence created difficulties for “All Survivors”, and not, “Some Survivors”.

    I admire Ben Dunne of “Dunnes Stores” fame. He was wrong. He knew it. He accepted his responsibility, and took ownership of it. He sought to blame no one for his mistakes. Ben Dunne paid a high price by having to depart from Dunnes Stores. However, in my opinion, his reputation today is of the highest standing. He tells the truth, and does not sugar coat it. His credibility is restored and enhanced. He can, rightfully, hold his head high.

    I speculate that many within church, at all levels, should look to Ben Dunne’s performance for inspiration and leadership.

    Each individual member, either of the laity or ordained ministry, who continues to remain silent and support church, while in fundamental opposition to the behaviour of church, is complicit in the cover up. True Christian Witness demands all persons, and members of laity, and ordained ministry, to tell the church leadership, at all levels, to come clean. It is no longer acceptable for individual Priests to remain silent and obedient to the Bishop. Each Priest in each Parish must tell his parishioners that he no longer supports church behaviour, if that is his conviction. Otherwise, each Priest who remains silent is guilty of collusion, by silence.

    I am reminded that no man knows courage, who has not known fear.

    It is tragic that my brother Peter has not lived to see this day. He fought a long hard and lonely battle in the trenches, and out onto No Man’s Land, where he was coldly dispatched in the course of a Limerick Diocese Mediation. The Bishop of Limerick, Dr. Donal Murray, and his legal representatives broke Peter’s spirit, and his will to live. There is only so much that any of us can take. Peter could take no more. I was there, I witnessed how he was treated.

    The Mediation was on Thursday 30th March 2006. Peter McCloskey died on Saturday 1st April 2006. My summary is this:

    “My brother Peter was mortally wounded on Thursday; it simply took until Saturday for him to die”.

    In his recent book, “Beyond Belief”, Colm O’Gorman says very simply;

    “When secrets and lies have caused so much hurt, truth matters.”

    Truth, is a better remedy, than any other way forward. Truth will heal.

    I attended the Diocesan Mediation with Peter. Peter was seeking a truthful acknowledgement from church of the reality of his childhood experience of clerical sexual abuse. Peter died, and went to his grave, without receiving that truthful acknowledgement.

    Every good wish,

    Joseph McCloskey

    E-mail: lismoyle2@eircom.net

  8.  

    The Pope is infallible, as decreed by the First Vatican Council of 1870 when it comes to all teachings of Faith and Morals. His voice is the voice of God, his Word is the Word of God.
    This morning: We await patiently to hear Gods Word and what he will say to the Irish People. We await to hear from an omnipotent and all loving God. We await to hear how he allowed innocent little children, boys and Girls to be abused, Raped and Fucked by those that he chose and gave a special calling to be his representatives here on earth.
    We await.

  9.  

    Does anyone know anything about the petition going around Dublin asking for a Criminal Investigation into the RC Church? Is there a website you can go to, to sign it?

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