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Alleged pedophile's papal knighthood cannot be revoked
TV star Jimmy Savile's abuses are said to be multiple, monstrous and indiscriminate, but he cannot be struck off a list of papal knights.
- October 30, 2012
â€śRecognizing the deep distress of all those who have suffered abuse and the disquiet at Mr. Savile's name remaining on papal honors lists,â€ť Archbishop Nichols asked â€śthe competent office [of the Holy See] to investigate whether the papal honor awarded to Jimmy Savile for his charitable works could be posthumously removed and its effects nullified,â€ť said an archdiocesan spokesman.
Noting that the Holy See â€śfirmly condemns the horrible crimes of sexual abuse of minors,â€ť Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that â€śIt is deeply saddening that a person who has been soiled in this way could in his lifetime have been proposed for an honor by the Holy See, which in the light of recent information should certainly not have been bestowed.â€ť
â€śAs there does not exist any permanent official list of persons who have received papal honors in the past, it is not possible to strike anyone off a list that does not exist,â€ť he continued. â€śThe names of recipients of papal honors do not appear in the Pontifical Year Book, and the honor expires with the death of the individual.â€ť
â€śThe most important thing, therefore, is to reaffirm the Church's condemnation of all forms of sexual abuse, and particularly abuse of minors, as extremely grave crimes,â€ť Father Lombardi added. â€śThe Holy See is adamant on this point.â€ť
Full Story:Â Prelate proposes posthumous removal of BBC starâ€™s papal knighthood; Vatican spokesman responds
Source: Catholic Culture