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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.
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.
Christopher Maxwell-Stewart affairEdit
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.
Cases revealed to the general publicEdit
- ↑ Cardinal admits he forgot claim of sex abuse by priest
- ↑ The leader who caught flies with honey
- ↑ Archbishop defends paedophile move
- ↑ Child abuse 'hotspots' uncovered in five Catholic dioceses
- ↑ Church admits another sex abuse mistake
- ↑ Cardinal takes strict line over sex abuse
- ↑ BBC Radio 4 Today programme