The High Court in Dublin has reserved judgment after a Catholic bishop applied to have three cases against him by victims of paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth dismissed.
The Bishop of Kilmore, Dr Leo O'Reilly, has asked the court to
stop Mario Cafolla suing him, in his role as Bishop of Kilmore, over
alleged failures by the diocese and Catholic Church.
Mr Cafolla insists
he is entitled to sue Bishop O'Reilly, as well as Archbishop of Armagh
Cardinal Sean Brady.
has alleged that that a previous Bishop of Kilmore, Dr Francis
McKiernan, was made aware in 1975 that Brendan Smyth was abusing
children but failed to report that to the Garda or Mr Cafolla's parents.
is alleged that a young boy had told the then Fr Sean Brady that Smyth
was abusing children in 1975.
That boy was asked to sign a document
stating he would not tell anyone else about the abuse, Liam Reidy SC,
for Mr Cafolla, said.
While that boy had reported that Mario
Cafolla was among the children being abused by Smyth, no steps were
taken to either inform the Garda or his parents, counsel added.
Mr Cafolla claims it could have spared him and his sister, who was also abused by Smyth, from further suffering.