Northern Ireland

Cardinal Brady will continue to lead church

Cardinal Brady at a press conference in Dublin after the report was published on Tuesday
Image caption Cardinal Brady said he would continue to his job to the the best of his ability

The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has said he will continue his work following a Vatican report into the handling of clerical sex abuse.

The report said "innocent young people" had been abused by clerics in whose care they had been entrusted.

Speaking to the Sunday Sequence, Cardinal Sean Brady said he was leading the church through a time of reform.

"I will continue to try to do that to the best of my ability," said the Primate of Ireland.

Cardinal Brady said he did not know if he was the best person to lead the church, but no one had convinced him otherwise.

"This report is an opportunity for all of us to express sorrow, which we definitely do," he said.

"But also to determine to lead where Christ wants us to go."

A seven-page executive summary of the report was published on Tuesday, the main report was not made available to the public.

The report was compiled by seven teams of Vatican-appointed church leaders who observed four Archdioceses across Ireland over the last two years.

It looked at the Church's dealings with survivors of abuse and current child protection policies.

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