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‘All that it takes for Evil to prevail is for man to do nothing’

My Five Minute Friday takes on a heavy story this week -

‘All that it takes for Evil to prevail is for man to do nothing’

‘I thought I’d saved you’,  were the words spoken by Brendan Boland,  at the end of the BBC documentary This World: The Shame of the Catholic Church which was broadcast on Wednesday 2 May 2012 at 2100 BST on BBC Two. 

Brendan Boland was talking to another man that he had not seen for over 30 years.  Not since they had both been sexually abused by Irish paedophile priest, Fr Brendan Smyth, whilst on a trip with him and two other little girls in the early 1970s.  All the children on that trip were sexually abused by Smyth.

Brendan thought he had saved his friend and other children because when he reported the abuse he had suffered to Fr (now Cardinal) Sean Brady and two other priests in 1975, he also gave the names and addresses, of the other children who had been abused on that trip. 

The two reports signed by Cardinal Brady about the abuse of Boland and another boy were passed on to his Bishop, but the police or the children’s parents were never informed.    The other boy, his sister, and cousins were repeatedly abused after Brendan had given their names and addresses over to the Catholic Church.

What strikes me in this story is that Brady had the names and addresses of children that had been and would go onto be abused by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth and that he did nothing with them that stopped the further abuse of children. 

He did not speak out.  He did not pass the information to the police.  He did not tell the children’s parents. 

He did nothing to show those children that he was on their side.

Brady had a choice to make, a real choice – to speak out, and do what was right, to try to save those children, or to stay silent.

He stayed silent.

As a result of his silence countless children suffered from sexual abuse.

The horrors of this story have reverberated from Ireland around the globe.  As I reflect on the torment, torture and pain that children were subjected to because of silence, I think not of the reasons why Brady kept quiet – those to me, are between him and God.  What I think of is the fact, the very real fact that ‘for evil to prevail, all that it takes is for men to do nothing (or stay silent).

How different the lives of those children would have been if Cardinal Brady had spoken out.

 (This World: The Shame of the Catholic Church was presented by Darragh MacIntyre and produced & directed by Alison Millar for the BBC)

Today I am linking up with the Gypsy Mama for Five Minute Friday.  I hope you will join us

That’s it for now …


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