Originally Posted by Odysseus
I will get a lot pf abuse for this, but in certain cases there are ethical questions to be considered. I have in the past reported sex offenders and may do so again if needed. Whilst in my HSE job I am required to [Childrens first act] in private practice I am not.
What it comes down to for me is whether we are dealing with something in the past vs ongoing; additioinally, the subject's willingness and ability to change needs to be considered.
A gent I was working with last year reported what you could call "playing doctors and nurses with his sister" when he was younger. He became unwell and was hospitalised, he told a psych nurse the same thing, the nurse reported him. After a year of being called in front of social workers it was deemed to be a non-starter. The point here is we need to be careful. This man was not more a sex offender than Barney [he had brough up a family since then, with no sexual thoughts towards his children], but he almost ended up on the sex offenders list.
Anyway my point is reporting is not always clear cut. A chap I currently work with was abused repeatedly by his mother, should I report her? If I do my client will stop seeing me, resulting in his recovery being stopped.
You are coming from a professional background with, I'm guessing, years of training and experience. Fr Brady was coming from a background of no particular expertise in psychological and/or sexual trauma.
Surely a man working in a pastoral setting would have said to himself, 'Blimey, I'm in way over my head here - I'm not even sure that my line manager (the relevant bishop/head of the order) will know the correct course of action to take. Maybe I should take this to the RUC/ a health professional...'
I know I'm guilty of projecting the values of 2012 onto a situation that occurred 37 years ago here, but how disconnected from your own humanity would you have to be for that impulse not to strike you every once in a while over the years that followed? Say, when Smyth's name began cropping up again and again?