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Primate leaves bishop to talk about sex abuse

Catholic all-Ireland Primate Sean Brady left it to a bishop to talk about the issue of child sex abuse at a special mass to celebrate St Oliver Plunkett's Day.

Cardinal Brady led a procession of around 2,000 people through Drogheda, Co Louth, yesterday to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the beatification of the saint.

The Cardinal was embroiled in controversy earlier this year when it emerged that he had sworn two of a priest’s teenage victims to secrecy in 1975 after recording their statements in a church inquiry. He refused to resign when the revelations emerged.

Despite being the chief celebrant, he sat on a nearby altar and listened as the homily was delivered by the Bishop of Down and Conor, Bishop Donal McKeown, who referred to recent sex abuse scandals.

In his homily, Bishop McKeown maintained that Ireland was “now a more dangerous place'' for young men in particular.

Referring to the child sex abuse scandal, he said that the shame this brought “is nothing compared to the reality that so many lives have been permanently scarred because of the pain inflicted on them.

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