Petition calling for cardinal’s resignation draws 500 signatures

More than 500 people have signed a petition originating in west Donegal that calls for the resignation of Cardinal Sean Brady, the petition organiser said.

Sean Hillen, who lives in Bun na Leaca, said the signatures were collected over the last three weeks at a stand at the Falcarragh crossroads, and on line.

He said about 300 people who signed were from the island of Ireland, north and south.

The rest live in other countries, including the United States, Canada, France and Australia.

The petition states that Ireland requires leadership “of the highest moral level” from political and spiritual leaders.

”In allowing paedophile, Fr. Brendan Smyth, to remain at large and repeatedly abuse children and not inform parents or relevant authorities of the horrendous dangers, Cardinal Sean Brady, Primate of All Ireland, has failed to provide such leadership, has let people down and should voluntarily resign his position immediately,” the petition stated.

Mr. Hillen said he hopes a copy of the petition will be presented this week to a representative of the cardinal and to other groups, including Amnesty International Ireland and One in Four, the support group for people who were abused.

Mr. Hillen said he believed support for such a petition “had been building with each report on clerical abuse and what seemed to be the inaction, or at least not sufficient action, to investigate and deal with the issue — a kind of ‘pass the buck’ attitude”.

He said he believed the emotion reached a peak with the BBC broadcast earlier this month of Dara McIntyre’s report, “The Shame of the Catholic Church.”

The petition is on line at


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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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