I am afraid that the record of Cardinal Murphy O’Connor when Bishop of Arundel and Brighton was not a good one concerning priests who had committed sexual rapes upon children, and at least one notorious offender was given another job where he had easy access to children – with the obvious results. The Cardinal said, in his defence, ” we did not know what to do, in those days” but any school would have told him exactly how to deal with these appalling men – it is not to “recycle” them so they can rape other innocent children. The Catholic Church in England has not faced up to the problem of sex abuse, as a recent article in the admirable “Christian Order” makes clear. Nor has the new pope said much about these sexual attacks on the innocent – although Our Blessed Lord said that for those who harmed children it would be preferable to be at the bottom of the sea with a millstone round the neck. For some Catholics, the crime of sexual attacks by priests on children makes this age not the “greatest age in the history of the Church” but the worst and most shameful. Sexual abuse has emptied the Catholic churches of Ireland and reduced ordinations to almost zero. I have heard it said that this corruption of children by the clergy (the very ones who should be protecting them) has always gone on. I know of no evidence that this happened on any scale before the 1960s. The great enemies of the Church – Rousseau, Voltaire, Proudhon, et al, told many stories of the “evils” of the Catholic Church, (Nuns carrying on with priests, etc) but none of these, to my knowledge, accused the Church of the sexual abuse of children.
It is with sorrow that I am writing to let you know that Bishop Campbell, the Bishop of Lancaster, has refused Nick’s request to resume news posting on Protect the Pope. Bishop Campbell has also stated that he does not want anyone posting on Protect the Pope on Nick’s behalf.
Although I have been news posting on my own behalf on the site, I now feel unable to continue.
Protect the Pope will close as a news service on Sunday 4th May, the Feast of the English Martyrs to allow a short period for readers of Protect the Pope to say goodbye to each other.
Thank you (on my own behalf) for all the prayers, support and help we have received.
Please continue to pray for our Bishop.