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      - Brady under pressure as sex abuse victims talk of cover-up
      - Fresh claims put pressure on Cardinal Brady
      - The Parental Alienation Debate Belongs in the Courtroom, Not in DSM-5

      Brady under pressure as sex abuse victims talk of cover-up
      By Greg Harkin
      Tuesday May 01 2012

      CHURCH leaders will come under renewed pressure when a BBC documentary
      is screened tonight outlining the widespread cover-up of clerical sex
      abuse here.

      'This World: The Shame of the Catholic Church' is said to focus on
      Cardinal Sean Brady's role in an ecclesiastical investigation that led
      to the silencing of two victims of Fr Brendan Smyth.

      Victims of paedophile priests in Co Donegal will also tell how the
      church failed to deal with complaints which allowed one cleric to
      continue to abuse more victims.

      The broadcaster has refused to comment on the investigation by reporter
      Darragh Mac Intyre but BBC sources say the documentary has "powerful
      testimony" from abuse victims. http://goo.gl/GZdg5 <http://goo.gl/GZdg5>


      Fresh claims put pressure on Cardinal Brady
      By Andy Martin BBC News
      1 May 2012

      Cardinal Brady became the Catholic Primate of all-Ireland in 1996, but
      the appointment that may define his career was made 21 years earlier.

      As a Bishop's secretary in 1975, he was tasked with investigating a
      complaint of sexual abuse made against a fellow priest, the man who
      would later be exposed as Ireland's most prolific paedophile, Fr Brendan

      Following two major and damning reports into the handling of clerical
      abuse in Ireland, it emerged that Ireland's most senior Catholic Priest
      had himself been involved in a process in which sex abuse was kept from
      the civil authorities....

      However, McIntyre's BBC investigation reveals that the teenage victim,
      Brendan Boland, had also told the then Father Brady and his colleagues,
      about other children who were being abused by Smyth.

      He even furnished the investigating priest and his colleagues with their
      names and addresses.

      Father Brady interviewed one of those boys, who corroborated each of
      Brendan Boland's claims before being sworn to secrecy.

      Father Brady however, failed to inform any parent of the children in the
      group that they had been abused. Nor were the police told of Smyth's
      crimes against them. http://goo.gl/upj3N <http://goo.gl/upj3N>

      The Parental Alienation Debate Belongs in the Courtroom, Not in DSM-5
      Timothy M. Houchin, MD, John Ranseen, PhD, Phillip A. K. Hash, DO, PhD
      and Daniel J. Bartnicki, JD
      J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 40:1:127-131 (January 2012) - the American
      Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

      The DSM-5 Task Force is presently considering whether to adopt parental
      alienation disorder (PAD) as a mental illness. Although controversy has
      surrounded PAD since its inception in 1985, pro-PAD groups and
      individuals have breathed new life into the push to establish it as a
      mental health diagnosis. In this analysis, we argue that it would be a
      serious mistake to adopt parental alienation disorder as a formal mental
      illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
      Fifth Edition (DSM-5)....

      The Origin of PAS

      Richard Gardner, formerly a psychoanalyst and child psychiatrist on the
      clinical faculty at Columbia University, introduced the term parental
      alienation syndrome in his 1985 debut article on the subject....he
      openly supported abolishing child abuse reporting laws and
      controversially declared that sexual abuse cases are "turn-ons"
      for those involved in the court process, including lawyers and judges.
      Despite these unusual claims, Gardner was highly sought as an expert
      witness, testifying in over 400 child custody cases before the end of
      his career....

      Controversial since its inception, PAS has compelled many scholars to
      write articles critical of Gardner's theory. Kelly and Johnston have
      been noteworthy critics of PAS, writing in their 2001 article, "The
      Alienated Child, A Reformulation of Parental Alienation Syndrome, "
      that "PAS terminology has led to widespread confusion and
      misunderstanding in judicial, legal, and psychological circles"
      (Ref. 9, p 250). They also highlighted the lack of empirical support for
      PAS as a psychiatric diagnosis and the barring of PAS testimony in many

      Criticisms of PAS have not been limited to mental health professionals,
      as legal scholars have also been loath to accept the premise that
      parental alienation should be formally classified as a mental illness.
      For example, in her 2002 article, "Parental Alienation Syndrome and
      Alienation: Getting it Wrong in Child Custody Cases,"12 Carol S.
      Bruch, JD, voiced concern with Gardner's tendency to cite his own,
      non-peer-reviewed books and publications on PAS. She noted that in one
      typical article, Gardner cited 10 sources: 9 writings of his own and 1
      by Sigmund Freud. She further refuted Gardner's suggestion that PAS was
      a generally accepted psychiatric phenomenon by pointing out that, when
      the validity of PAS was challenged in court, his testimony was often

      In our opinion, Gardner's approach of self-publishing books and then
      citing himself as an authoritative reference in the scholarly literature
      went beyond simple self-aggrandizement; it was frankly misleading. We
      agree with Ms. Bruch that the inaccurate portrayal of PAS as an accepted
      and credible diagnosis gets it wrong on many levels.
      http://goo.gl/a6ICS <http://goo.gl/a6ICS>


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