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Most Irish believe Cardinal Brady should step down, poll finds

Catholic World News - June 14, 2010

A lopsided majority of Irish respondents said that Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh should resign, in a new survey conducted for the Irish Times.

The Times poll found that 76% of those questioned believed that the cardinal should resign, while only 15% wanted him to stay in office. (The remaining 9% had no opinion.) Cardinal Brady’s credibility has been badly damaged by the widespread discussion of an old report showing that in 1975, as a young priest, he persuaded two young men to sign an agreement promising that they would not report the misconduct of a notoriously abusive priest.

Cardinal Brady has indicated that he understands the “amount of anger” signified by the poll results, but has decided that he will not step down. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, questioned about the same poll results, said that the survey was a warning to all Irish bishops. “There is a crisis of confidence there,” he stated.

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