We now have reports that Cardinal Brady, the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland was party to meetings where sex abuse victims were sworn to silence.
However he does not think he should resign over this, unless the Pope asks him too.
As multiple scandals emerge all over the world, from Ireland to the U.S and mainland Europe, the Catholic Church has lost all credibility as a moral force in the world. Not only because of the abuse itself, which any idiot should have foreseen given the absurd celibacy rules. Not only because the Church knew about this for years and kept it out of the public domain. Not only because it shielded and protected paedophile priests from prosecution. All of which would be enough. But because there is still a refusal for anyone, from the Pope down to take personal or collective responsibility for any of it. They still think their corrupt and sick institution is blessed and without stain.
Regardless of the truth or otherwise of Christian doctrine how anyone, in all conscience can be a member of this cowardly sect beats me.
The church said the boys were asked to sign oaths "to avoid potential collusion" in evidence-gathering for an internal church inquiry.
It added this would ensure that the complaints could "withstand challenge."
The church statement did not explain why either Cardinal Brady or his superiors at the time did not share their information with the police.