We’ve all heard of the Nuremberg Defense: “It’s not my fault, I just did it because I was told to!” Now, there is another lame defense being used on the witness stand and in the court of public opinion, but this time it is being used simultaneously, on both sides of the Atlantic, in the Priest Pedophilia Scandal in the Roman Catholic Church.
Currently up in the Philly area, there is a Landmark case, which will have repercussions all over the United States, in just about every archdiocese, if the defendant, Monsignor Lynn, is found guilty of participating in coverups of Priest Pedophilia within his archdiocese. He is currently using, the “I was just a Note-taker Defense!” His Defense Team is pointing to the recently deceased Cardinal Bevilacqua as being the one responsible for the coverups and that Monsignor Lynn is completely innocent, because he was “Just a Note-taker.” MMMmmmmmmmm……………….. Sounds like Nuremberg all over, to me!
Now, let’s take a leap to the other side of the Atlantic, to the land of our kissing cousins, Ireland! Brace yourself, because it is going to take an Olympic level, “Leap of faith,” to believe this next defense. Cardinal Brady has been facing calls that he step down as Chief Primate of ALL Ireland, by the faithful in both the North and the South. Now, this is a miracle in itself, because Northern Ireland and its southern neighbor, the Republic of Ireland, rarely agree on anything, but on this one subject, alone, the majority of faithful Catholics, as well as many Protestants, are in total agreement. They are calling for Cardinal Brady to step down from his lofty perch as Primate of All Ireland.
Let’s examine for a moment why Cardinal Brady is in hot water with most of the island, regardless of religious affiliation. Years ago, there was a notorious Pedophile Priest by the name of Fr. Brendan Smyth. We’ve all heard countless stories of Pedophile Priests, ad nauseum, but this one is special! He not only managed to molest, rape and sodomize boys and girls in Ireland, he also was given free reign to do so, when he was transferred to the States. This man was a nightmare as a parish priest. Here’s how Cardinal Brady plays into the picture:
When Cardinal Brady was a priest, around the age of 36, he was in on the Church’s Internal Investigation of a 14 year old boy, named Brendan Boland, who claimed to have been molested by Fr. Brendan Smyth. The year was 1975. In addition to Boland’s abuse, Boland gave the names and addresses of several children, who were also sexually abused by Fr. Brendan Smyth. Before Boland left his investigation he was coerced into signing a statement, basically saying that he wouldn’t reveal the contents of the investigation to anyone. It should be noted that Boland was brought into this investigation alone and that his father was not able to accompany him while he was being grilled.
In the Internal Investigation, Boland was asked questions by Fr. Brady, which would have been considered highly inappropriate in any context, and I will not go into them in this blog, but I will say that there have been several internet articles over in Ireland on the content and the questions asked of Boland in Fr. Brady’s Investigation. The way in which the investigation was handled is one of the main reasons why the Irish in the North and in the Republic of Ireland are calling for Cardinal Brady to step down.
After the Church’s 1975 Internal Investigation, there wasn’t any follow up on the names and addresses of Fr. Brendan Smyth’s other victims. Their parents were not informed, nor were the police and the local parish of Smyth’s vicious, sexual assaults against children. As public record now shows, Fr. Brendan Smyth went on to freely molest countless children over his criminal career of abuse, as a Pedophile Priest. The Catholic Church consistently protected him and moved him around from parish to parish, as soon as other abuse allegations arose. For his part, Fr. Brady, now Cardinal Brady, claims that he passed the information on to his superiors. In several interviews Cardinal Brady, (like Monsignor Lynn up in Philly), claimed to be “Just a note-taker!”
When stories of unspeakable sexual abuse emerged in floods against Fr. Brendan Smyth, it brought down the the government of Fianna Fáil Labor Coalition, after it had been discovered that sloppy government investigations of Fr. Brendan Smyth’s crimes had been done! (Finally, the government got into the picture, when it realized that the Catholic Church’s internal investigations of Fr. Brendan Smyth were entirely worthless!) Constant revelations concerning the sexual abuse of thousands of children by priests and religious groups, like the Christian Brothers of Ireland, have had the effect on the ground like a tsunami tidal wave, in the relationship between the Vatican and the Republic of Ireland. In an unprecedented break with tradition, Ireland closed its embassy with the Vatican, out of sheer outrage, at the revelations of the Church Coverups that thousands of children were abused by priests in Irish Catholic schools, work-houses, orphanages and the Magdalene Laundries. Ireland, once called, “The jewel in the Papal Crown,” is causing the Vatican more grief and embarrassment than it was once, ever even imagined to be possible!
It is estimated that Fr. Brendan Smyth was responsible for the sexual assault of over 100 children in his career as a priest in the United States and in Ireland. These assaults could have been stopped in the Church’s Internal Investigation in 1975, but they weren’t! Father Brendan Smyth was allowed back into his full ministry, without any limitations being placed on his contact with children. Many blame Cardinal Sean Brady for this oversight, who now claims to have been, “Just a note-taker” in this investigation.
Within the last week, BBC World did an hour long documentary called, “The Shame of the Catholic Church.” It covered the stories Brendan Smyth’s sexual escapades and Cardinal Sean Brady’s part in the internal Church investigation, as well as countless Church coverups, time and time again. I strongly endorse it as one of the best documentaries that I’ve seen on the above topics. It can be found on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niPV2SAXML4
I know that I have a suspicious mind, but I’ve wondered if the new Vatican Strategy is to have those, who covered up for Pedophile Priests, now claim that they were “Just Note-takers,” without any direct responsibility for encouraging the removal of Pedophile Priests. With the indirect help of “Note-takers,” Pedophile Priests in both Philly and in Ireland were able to make careers out of their past-times of sexually abusing, raping and sodomizing children and teens. Is it any coincidence that on both sides of the Atlantic, this defense is being used in a landmark, criminal trial up in Philly and also on the religious stage in Ireland, where Cardinal Brady is struggling to hold onto his little red biretta, his mansion and all of the other perks that come along with being the spiritual head of all Ireland? I wonder which of the apostles Cardinal Brady is trying to emulate in his career? Could it be that if Cardinal Brady resigns, he’ll lose his ticket to being a possible candidate for the Chair of Peter in the next Papal Conclave? Or is he waiting for Cardinal Law to move out of his plush digs at the Cathedral of Santa Maria Majore in Rome? Let’s see how his “I was just a Note-taker defense” keeps him in the good graces of the Vatican, who has too much to risk on the international scene if Cardinal Brady ever decides to “Get Religion,” and be honest about the level of his participation in the Fr. Brendan Smyth Affair!