Paedophile priests remain in Catholic church
By Channel 4 News
Updated on 15 September 2010
A Channel 4 News investigation reveals that more than half of the Catholic priests convicted for child abuse and sentenced to more than a year in prison, in England and Wales since 2001, remain in the priesthood - with some still receiving financial support from the Church and living in church houses.
The findings will test the reputation of the Catholic church here, on the eve of Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to the UK.
The disclosures raise questions about whether the Catholic church have followed recommendations made nine years ago to rid the church of child-abusing priests, our investigation has found.
In 2001 one of Britain's most senior judges, the late Lord Nolan, recommended that any priest sentenced to a year or more in jail for sexual abuse should normally face "laicisation" – the stripping of their priesthood and privileges related to the post. The UK Catholic church agreed...
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