Statement on behalf of Cardinal Brady and Archbishop Martin
in advance of their meeting with Pope Benedict XVI
on 5 June 2009

The Standing Committee of the Irish Bishops’ Conference discussed the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Report, by Mr Justice Sean Ryan, on 25 May last.  At the meeting Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh, decided to travel to Rome to provide information to the Holy See on a number of issues regarding the Irish Church, including the impact of the Ryan report.
In Rome Cardinal Brady joined with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, who was attending a scheduled meeting as a member of the Council of the Synod, whose purpose is to follow up on the work of the Synod of Bishops in Rome of last October.

Cardinal Brady and Archbishop Martin are due to meet with Pope Benedict today.