Fr Brendan Smyth victim: Police must be held responsible for abuse


Fr Brendan Smyth victim: Police must be held responsible for abuse

A victim of a prolific paedophile priest has said Irish police must be held responsible for the abuse he suffered as a boy.

Brendan Boland was sexually abused by Fr Brendan Smyth in the 1970s.

An inquiry heard this week that police in Dublin were aware of Smyth’s activities as far back as 1972, more than 20 years before he was convicted.

Mr Boland also said an apology to abuse survivors from a senior member of the Catholic church was “weak and feeble”.

Smyth was a notorious child abuser, and was at the centre of one of the first clerical abuse scandals to hit the Catholic church in Ireland.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker

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