Sex abuse victims: Irish cardinal’s resignation not soon enough

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Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland, greets media as he arrives for the final general congregation meeting in the synod hall at the Vatican March 11, 2013. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland, greets media as he arrives for the final general congregation meeting in the synod hall at the Vatican March 11, 2013. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland (RNS) Cardinal Sean Brady's resignation comes after he turned 75, the age at which cardinals are required to step down.

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  • Earold D Gunter

    Resignation, oh, how harsh.

    Is aiding and abetting sexual deviants not a crime in Ireland?

  • opheliart


    Had a painter at my house to give me an estimate on painting, and I asked where in Ireland he was from. Shortly into the conversation, he starts talking about football. [See below] Seeing that he was authentic, I asked how he felt about the closing of the Vatican embassy in Ireland. He looked at me with a sanguine grin, and said, “We are free from the church.” Although, I did read just now that the Vatican embassy may reopen.

    On 17 July 2011, in Clones, Donegal played in their first Ulster final in five years and their sixth Ulster Final since 1992. In front of a crowd of 28,364 Donegal beat Derry by 1–11 to 0–08 points. This was only the third time in the history of the Ulster Senior Football Championship that a team which played the preliminary round would win the Final. Armagh did it in 2005, and Cavan did it 66 years earlier. All the more impressive is that Donegal did not concede more than nine scores per match on the way to the final and held Antrim, Tyrone and Derry to only three points each in the second halves of their respective matches. As of 22 July 2011, the county has the lowest average conceding rate in the country at 8.75 points per game.[33] On 30 July 2011, Donegal travelled to Croke Park to play Kildare in their first All-Ireland quarter-final in two years. The game began quite poor in the first half but the second half proved to be more tense as sub Christy Toye scored the only goal of the game. However, Kildare brought the game level to drag it to extra-time. As Donegal still looked to be behind, two late points from Christy Toye before a long range kick from Kevin Cassidy sealed the Ulster champions in front deep into injury-time. Just as Kildare thought about forcing a replay the final whistle blew to guide Donegal to their first All Ireland semi-final since 2003. The semi-final against Dublin, which Dublin eventually won 0-8 to 0-6, was to be regarded as one of the lowest scoring but most absorbing Championship duels in living memory.[34]

    On 22 July 2012, Donegal retained the Ulster title for the first time in its history with a 2-18 to 0-13 victory over Down.[35] On 5 August 2012, they defeated Kerry. The first ever Championship meeting between the sides at senior level, it was only the second time in history that Kerry had been defeated at this stage.[36] Ahead of their next match against Cork, nobody outside the county gave Donegal a chance, and Cork went into the game as heavy favourites to win the title itself (even though this was only the semi-final). Donegal endeavoured to swat aside a lacklustre Cork side with ease and progressed to their first title decider since 1992.[37] Tyrone’s Mickey Harte, attempting to analyse the game for the BBC, expressed his shock: “To be honest, I could not see that coming. Donegal annihilated Cork, there is no other word for it.”[38] Martin McHugh, a member of the successful 1992 side, said it was the best ever performance by any Donegal team including his own.[39] Donegal emerged victorious from the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final on 23 September 2012 to take the Sam Maguire Cup for the second time, with early goals from Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden.[40]
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  • Earold D. Gunter

    U kidding? Figured it one large piece, room to room.

    I know I’m biased, but I can’t understand how anyone with morals could remain part of this organization. The fact that this has gone on for so long, hidden and enabled by hierarchy, and still no casting out of these criminals to face the judicial consequences of their actions, completely unacceptable. If I were part of this organization, I would be standing on top of a pew screaming for justice.

    By the way, I also had my “sanguine grin” moment, for almost exactly the same reason. 😉

    Peace & Love

  • opheliart

    Location, location, location …

    I grew up in a predominately Roman Catholic neighborhood, as most of my closest friends were RC. I found the Irish Catholics (although mixed Americans: Irish-Italian … Irish-Polish) were the ones that had the most jokes about their religion/beliefs. When in a place of grave oppression, such as Ireland within its struggles, the need to CREATE and INVENT (moving through Imaginative channels or streams) becomes a means of survival. Immense works have risen from the ashes of these draconian periods. Symbolism of “creator” is not so much a death sentence, but a GIFT of Life, and through this, one develops a property, if you will, of Thanksgiving and Sharing.

    Man finds ways of using this—good and evil.

    I was looking for an article I had read several years ago about the theory of the Transubstantiation in Ireland, and how the Irish Catholics were increasingly moving away from this belief. I could not find it. Instead, I found the following:

    Peace and Love

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