Cardinal lacks the courage to resign, says Fr Smyth victim

Cardinal lacks the courage to resign, says Fr Smyth victim

One of Fr Brendan Smyth's victims said today that Cardinal Sean Brady is a flawed man for not speaking out in the past against the paedophile priest.

Helen McGonigle - an Attorney based in Connecticut in the United States - suffered abuse at the hands of Brendan Smyth in the late 1960s in Rhode Island.

She's calling on the Cardinal to resign and she believes he should face prosecution for not passing on the allegations he was aware of in 1975 to the civil authorities.

Ms McGonigle sais that Cardinal Brady failed in his duty.

"He's a flawed man for not speaking out if he knew the abbot in Holy Trinity in Kilnacrott wasn't going to act, if he observed that the Bishop of Kilmore wasn't going to act … he had the obligation to speak out against evil and he didn't do it," he said.

"He has no courage, he lacks the courage to even resign."

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