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Cardinal Sean Brady, today the leading church figure in Ireland for the Catholic Church, was the lead investigator in 1975, when then 14-year-old Brendon Boland told him he had been sexually abused by Fr. Brendan Smyth.  

Not only that, but this brave 14-year-old boy also

gave the names and addresses of other children who were at risk from the paedophile priest to Cardinal Brady, who at that time was a 36-year-old priest.
Young Brendon thought he was saving not only himself, but other children from being sexually abused again by Fr. Smyth.

Cardinal Brady, then a lawyer for the Catholic Church, claims he was not the lead investigator, but merely a "note taker" and

...passed the allegations to his superiors but did not inform the police or the children's parents.

Fr Smyth continued to sexually assault one of the boys for a year after that.

He also abused the boy's sister for seven years, and four of his cousins, up until 1988.

Brendon Bolen was an alter boy, age 11 when it started - and was sexually abused for 2 years.  But at 14, he reported to his Parish Priest who took him straight home to tell his parents.  A week later, he was reporting to a Canon Lawyer for the Catholic Church, then Fr. John B. Brady.  

The line of questioning is quite disturbing - he was alone with his father asked to stay outside -

Brandon was asked about his own behavior

Did you ever do anything like this before with another boy or grown man?  

If not why not?  

Did your body change - did you get an erection?  

Did Seed come from your body?

And how did the Catholic Church ensure Brendon Boland's continued silence?  They placed his hand on a bible, had him repeat the following and sign a document reading:

"I Brandon Bolen do solemnly swear that I have told the truth, and the whole truth.  I will speak to no one about this meeting, only to authorized Priests."

The bottom signature?  John B. Brady, now Sean Brady, Cardinal of Ireland.

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Originally posted to House of LIGHTS on Tue May 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM PDT.

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