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Irish Catholic Cardinal Won't Quit Over Abuse

Tuesday, 18 May 2010 10:09 AM

LONDON -- The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has indicated he will not resign following a cover-up of child abuse in the church.

Cardinal Sean Brady had said he would step down if he found that a child had been abused as a result of his managerial failures.

Calls for his resignation came earlier this year after it emerged he was present at meetings more than 30 years ago where children who complained they were abused by a priest were sworn to secrecy.

But Monday night, the cardinal gave the clearest signal yet that he intends to stay on in his post.

“In the years that remain to me as archbishop of Armagh, I am fully committed to building on the substantial progress made in child safeguarding in recent years and to working to bring about the healing, repentance and renewal set out for the Church in Ireland by Pope Benedict XVI,” Brady said.

“I am fully committed to the path that as a church we must take to the truth that will set us free.”

The primate asked for a bishop to be appointed to support him after the cover-up of abuse in the Dublin Diocese came to light.

Children who said they were abused by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth in 1975 were asked to sign vows of silence at a meeting the cardinal attended when he was secretary to the bishop of Kilmore. He did not report the case to the civil authorities.

Monday night, the 70-year-old Brady said his Diocese of Armagh would appoint a full-time director of child safeguarding to handle all future suspicions and allegations of abuse and report directly to civil authorities.

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