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The sexual abuse scandal in Arundel and Brighton diocese is a significant episode in the series of Catholic sex abuse cases in various Western countries.

Role of bishop Murphy-O'ConnorEdit

Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor found himself subject to public scrutiny regarding a priest in his diocese when he was Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. During this time it was brought to his attention that a priest, Michael Hill, was a child sexual abuser.[1][2]

Michael Hill affairEdit

Instead of reporting Hill to the police, Murphy-O'Connor allowed the crime to be covered up and transferred Hill to Gatwick Airport chapel, where the Cardinal believed he would not be able to molest children. In 1997, Hill was finally convicted as a child molester and jailed for sexually assaulting nine children. After three years in jail, Hill was given another five years for assaulting three other boys.[3][4]

Christopher Maxwell-Stewart affairEdit

Bishop Kieran Conry, the new ordinary of Arundel and Brighton, told The Times that the case of Father Christopher Maxwell-Stewart had not been managed in ways deemed suitable by today’s standards.[5]

Tim Garrett affairEdit

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the archbishop admitted he would have handled cases differently if existing guidelines were available during the 1980s. He said he might not have allowed Father Tim Garrett, convicted of taking indecent photographs of boys during this time, to move from Portsmouth diocese to Arundel and Brighton.[6]

Cases revealed to the general publicEdit

In 2000, when O'Connor ascended to the status of Archbishop of Westminster, the case became known to the general public.[7]

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