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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Seán Brady
The leader of Ireland's 4 million Catholics said Wednesday he wouldn't resign after a BBC documentary accused him of helping to cover up 1970s child abuse committed by a pedophile priest who went on to assault scores of other children.
The Vatican on Tuesday told Irish bishops they had made excellent progress in enacting norms to protect children following decades of pedophile priest scandals, the first time the Holy See has ever endorsed the church's efforts to fight priestly sex abuse.
Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion violates pregnant women's right to receive proper medical care in life-threatening cases, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, harshly criticizing Ireland's long inaction on the issue.
"In practice, the right to life of the unborn child will no longer be treated as equal. The wording of this bill is so vague that ever wider access to abortion can be easily facilitated," Cardinal Brady said in a statement.
"In 1975, I was not a bishop," he said.