Ireland's deputy prime minister said yesterday he thought the head of the Irish Catholic Church should resign after a TV documentary reported the cleric had failed to warn parents their children were being sexually abused by a priest in 1975, according to a Reuters report published on Yahoo7News.
A BBC documentary broadcast on Tuesday said that Cardinal Sean Brady was given the names and addresses of children being abused by notorious pedophile Brendan Smyth during a Church investigation but had failed to act to ensure their safety.
"It is my own personal view that anybody who did not deal with the scale of the abuse that we have seen in this case should not hold a position of authority," Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore told parliament, when asked about Brady's response to the BBC program.
The ABC reports that Cardinal Brady has branded the claims "false and misleading", saying that he was not leading the investigation but was only asked to be a "note-taker" to more senior priests on a one-off basis.
"With others, I feel betrayed that those who had the authority in the Church to stop Brendan Smyth failed to act on the evidence I gave them," Cardinal Brady said.
"However, I also accept that I was part of an unhelpful culture of deference and silence in society, and the Church, which thankfully is now a thing of the past."
The Kerryman reports that there will be no knee-jerk decision on whether to launch a police investigation into the latest claims levelled against the Catholic Church, a senior commander in Northern Ireland has insisted.
Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton said allegations made in a TV documentary on the secret internal Church inquiry in 1975 into paedophile priest Brendan Smyth would be reviewed by specialist detectives first.
Irish Deputy PM says Cardinal Brady should resign (Yahoo7)
Ireland's top Catholic rejects abuse cover-up claims (ABC)
No knee-jerk reaction, say police (Kerryman)
Irish Cardinal Brady accused of cover-up (SMH)