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Irish police knew of future cardinal's role in discipline of pedophile priest

March 16, 2010

Irish police officials have long been aware of Cardinal Sean Brady's role in the case of a notorious pedophile priest. In the 1970s-- before his episcopal ordination-- the future cardinal heard reports about abuse by Father Brendan Smyth. He relayed the reports to Smyth's ecclesiastical superiors, but not to police. Today Cardinal Brady argues that he was under no legal obligation to report to police. The fact that police were aware of his involvement, and never charged him with covering up evidence of Smyth's misconduct, support the cardinal's argument.


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