Women abused by priest Brendan Smyth took own lives, says cleric D'Arcy

Women abused by priest Brendan Smyth took own lives, says cleric D'Arcy

By Allan Preston, September 1, 2016, Belfast Telegraph

Outspoken priest Brian D'Arcy has claimed a number of women committed suicide after suffering abuse at the hands of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.

Fr D'Arcy made the comments in an interview with Hot Press magazine published today.

"There have been people, young women, who took their own lives because of what Brendan Smyth did to them," the Enniskillen priest said.  "I know this personally. They took their own lives because of what Brendan Smyth did to them."

He was also critical of Cardinal Sean Brady, who was aware of children being abused by Belfast-born Fr Smyth, but chose not to go to the authorities.

"The one thing you will always say about Sean Brady is that he's a decent man," he said.

"But he would probably know himself now that   . . . 

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