Ireland: Catholic Church Leader Apologizes, but Will Not Resign

By Reuters
May 7, 2012

The leader of the Irish Catholic Church, Cardinal Sean Brady, apologized Monday to victims of sexual abuse but rejected calls to resign after a TV documentary reported that he had failed to warn parents their children were being sexually abused by a priest in 1975. The documentary, broadcast by the BBC last Tuesday, said that an abuse victim, Brendan Boland, gave Cardinal Brady the names of children being abused by the priest but the cardinal failed to act to ensure their safety. "I apologize without hesitation to him and to any victim," Cardinal Brady said on the state broadcaster RTE. Three out of the four main political parties in Ireland have called on Cardinal Brady to consider his position. "I've heard those calls, but I've also heard the many, many calls from people who want me to stay," the cardinal said. "I'm not changing my position."