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Cardinal did job and reported abuse to chiefs

It seems that politicians from all parties have been building up a campaign to force Cardinal Brady to resign for not disclosing his knowledge of the Fr Brendan Smyth abuse case in 1975 after he acted as a secretary at the interview, in the same way as any other secretary would record a meeting.

All civil servants are required to sign a pledge they will not divulge confidential information learned in the course of their work.

Are we now to understand from these politicians that civil servants should also not be bound by rules of confidentiality? Are they now free to openly discuss and publicise sensitive matters?

The cardinal reported to his superiors those dreadful deeds this on the understanding that this information would be acted upon by those superiors.

TOMAS MACSHEOIN

Dublin

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