Rev. Brendan Smyth
Smyth case Rev. Brendan Smyth, an Irish priest who became a notorious figure in the annals of clergy abuse before his death in prison in 1997.
Brendan Smyth Rev. Brendan Gerard Smyth (1927 -1997), a priest and member of the Norbertine order (Premonstratensians) from 1945 at the age of 18, ordained in 1951. He spent short periods in Scotland, Wales and the US, before returning to Ireland, where he had no formal ministry, but did summer relief work and work in hospitals. From the beginning of his ministry he organised activities that would bring him into contact with children – for example choirs, catechism classes and altar boy training sessions. Dubbed “the most evil man in Ireland.” Smyth dies suddenly in prison. 22 August 1997.
Smyth treatment Smyth is referred for the first of a number of treatments for child abuse, 1968. Abbot, Fr Kevin Smith revealed that between 1968 and 1993 Smyth was referred repeatedly by his order for treatment in England, Belfast and Dublin. During this time he abused hundreds of children.
Norbertine responsibility Abbot, Fr. Kevin Smith, who resigned following the Smyth controversy, acknowledged that the order had made mistakes in dealing with Smyth. He said his “problem” with children emerged soon after his ordination, and the policy of the order at the time was “frequent reassignment”, which he acknowledged was inadequate.
Norbertine failure Norbertine priest Rev. Bruno Mulvihill repeatedly tried to inform senior members of the order about Smyth’s pedophilia, but to no avail, late 1960s. He said that a “strict decree” was issued in Rome that he was not to leave the abbey premises alone or without permission, but this was ignored, in the late 1960s.
Smyth Ireland Rev. Brendan Smyth sexually abused children before he left Ireland in 1965. When he left, the local paper praised his pastoral works and the "hour after hour of unofficial attention to the girl scouts". His admissions to assaulting numerous children in Ireland are said to have figured prominently in the collapse of the coalition government there in the 1990s.
One fool called Msgr Maurice Dooley tried to state that it was neither a civil crime nor a sin against the law of God for the clergy not to report such matters to gardaí.
I guess the fool had not heard of the following but instead like his breathern and Brady, did chose to ignore it.
Offences against the State Act 1939 Legislation states:
17.—(1) Every person who shall administer or cause to be administered or take part in, be present at, or consent to the administering or taking in any form or manner of any oath, declaration, or engagement purporting or intended to bind the person taking the same to do all or any of the following things, that is to say:—
( a ) to commit or to plan, contrive, promote, assist, or conceal the commission of any crime or any breach of the peace, or
( d ) to abstain from disclosing or giving information of the Commission or intended or proposed commission of any crime, breach of the peace, or from informing or giving evidence against the person who committed such an act.
Cardinal Brady settles latest claim by abuse victim he swore to secrecy
A leading Irish cardinal has reached a financial settlement with a victim of child abuse he swore to secrecy in 1975.
Cardinal Sean Brady has settled a case brought against him by Brendan Boland, one of two victims of infamous priest Fr Brendan Smyth.
The High Court in Dublin has been told that settlement has been reached in the case brought by Boland, now 50. The Cardinal settled a case with another victim Marie McCormack last year for a sum believed to be in the region of 270,395.55€