Darragh MacIntyre (L) speaks to Cardinal Sean Brady (R)
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Brady confronted over failure to protect children

Cardinal Brady, the Catholic primate of all-Ireland has been challenged over allegations that he failed to protect children from sexual abuse by a paedophile priest.

A BBC documentary found he was aware of the names and addresses of children being abused by a paedophile priest, Brendan Smyth, but did not ensure their safety.

The church points out that in 1975, "no state or church guidelines for responding to allegations of child abuse existed in Ireland".

This World: The Shame of the Catholic Church is broadcast on Wednesday 2 May 2012 at 2100 BST on BBC Two. Watch on BBC iPlayer (UK only) or check for repeats at the above link.

  • 02 May 2012
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