Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Bishop of Galway Brendan Kelly has recognized the courage and suffering of the person who was sexually assaulted aged 12 by a priest in the diocese
In a statement after the sentencing hearing for Tom Brady, former parish priest of Renmore, Bishop Kelly apologized for the trauma caused by the criminal and immoral behavior of Fr Tom Brady.
Father Brady was sentenced to two years in prison, with the final six months suspended, for the sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy at a parish house in Galway city.
The 66-year-old Westport native with an address at 26 Cloonarkin Drive, Oranmore has also served as a chaplain at GMIT and Renmore Army Barracks
Bishop Kelly, who retires on Sunday, said such abuse was a terrible betrayal of trust and he condemns it unreservedly.
Here is Bishop Kelly’s statement in full:
DIOCESE OF GALWAY, KILMACDUAGH AND KILFENORA
In response to this sentence, Bishop Brendan Kelly said:
“Today, I want to salute both the courage of the person who filed the complaint and the suffering endured by the victim to ensure that truth and justice were served. I also want to highlight the pain this case has caused to the victim’s family.
I apologize for the trauma caused by the P. Brady’s criminal and immoral behavior. No one should have to suffer inappropriate behavior from a representative of the Church, let alone from a priest. Such abuse was a terrible betrayal of trust and I condemn it unreservedly.
Today’s news challenges all those involved in the protection of children and vulnerable adults in our diocese. I would like to expressly underline the commitment of the safeguarding representatives in each of our thirty-nine parishes.
These parish volunteers are supported by the very active diocesan safeguarding committee as well as the designated liaison person and support persons. Thanks to their good work and vigilance, the safeguarding of children continues to be a pastoral priority in our diocese.
In this regard, I would also like to acknowledge the support of the National Case Advisory Committee and the National Council for the Protection of Children in the Catholic Church.
I encourage anyone concerned about the safety of children to contact the Gardaí, TUSLA, HSE or the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora without delay.
A canonical investigation will be initiated in due course.”