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Cardinal’s ‘sadness’ over Irish debt crisis

The Catholic Primate of All-Ireland last night expressed his personal sadness at the banking crisis which has impaled the nation's sovereignty with the financial intervention of the International Monetary Fund and the EU.

Cardinal Sean Brady was speaking in Rome where he was attending an unprecedented summit on the clerical child abuse crisis convened by Pope Benedict with 150 ‘Princes of the Church'.

For the past decade Cardinal Brady has been at the centre of the paedophile priest scandals that have rocked the Irish Church.

The cardinal said: “I am sad, very sad, about the events in Ireland. Ireland, and the people of Ireland, are in my prayers.”

Then in a private meeting in a Vatican conference room, Cardinal Brady listened to Cardinal William Levada, the powerful American head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, which deals with abuse cases, deliver the Vatican's ‘Response of the Church to Sexual Abuse'. It is not known exactly what was discussed during the meeting.

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