Dublin Archbishop calls for independent inquiry into pedophile Fr Brendan Smyth
Stance puts him in direct opposition to Vatican who oppose external inquiries
He said, “I don’t know what the relationship between him and bishop [McKiernan of Kilmore] was. I don’t know what the bishop did, what he knew the bishop did...Looking back at the Dublin inquiry I’ve seen that these are complex questions and I wouldn’t like to judge a person on things that I don’t know.”
Commenting on the Vatican censures of liberal Irish priests, he said: “I believe, and I’ve said this before, we do need to have a way in which if things are said or written which go outside the realm of Catholic teaching, they should be resolved in an area of dialogue.”
“I think the theological commission of the Irish bishops has not carried out its function as in other countries where this dialogue would take place as a first stage and then be resolved without it necessarily being dealt with from Rome directly.”
Colm O'Gorman, an abuse survivor and director of Amnesty International Ireland, said that an inquiry would have to also examine the role of the Vatican and thus would require its cooperation.
“An investigation that required Vatican cooperation would of course offer them the opportunity to show they would not undermine or obstruct!” O’Gorman tweeted.
Meanwhile, a chorus of voices have called for the resignation of Cardinal Sean Brady, who failed to protect the children he knew were being abused by Smyth.
Cardinal Sean Brady's method of interviewing victims of the sexual abuse in the 1970s, without the knowledge of the parents, has been described as "bizarre” by The Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise.
Speaking to RTE's "This Week" Bishop Colm O'Reilly agreed that the practice of secretly interviewing such children was wrong but also said that in his view Cardinal Sean Brady should not resign as he acted in good faith and did what was required of him at the time.
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