Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Irish cardinal settles lawsuit in sex-abuse case

Catholic World News - November 30, 2011

Cardinal Sean Brady, the Primate of All Ireland, has reached an out-of-court settlement to resolve a lawsuit brought by a sex-abuse victim.

Brendan Boland, who was molested by Father Brendan Smyth in the early 1970s, brought suit against Cardinal Brady for failing to take action against the abusive cleric. The cardinal—who was involved in the case as a young priest handling canonical affairs--has said that he sought to have Smyth removed from ministry, but concedes that he did not inform police about the multiple complaints against the priest.

The cardinal paid an undisclosed sum to Boland to settle the case, just before a hearing was scheduled in a Dublin court.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($32,869 to go):
$35,000.00 $2,131.25
94% 6%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Challenging Times? 5 hours ago
Reality 101: The fat between our ears 6 hours ago
Liberal visions of Catholicism: Kickstarter and the world's largest NGO September 1
The Blessed Book of Beasts August 30
Weekend reading August 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8