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Monday 16 December 2002

Just how dark are the secrets of the Roman Catholic Church in England?

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor is this evening at the centre of new allegations concerning the transfer of priests involved in paedophilia to parishes where they were not supposed to be in contact with children. In the case discussed in this evening's 'Newsnight' programme (BBC2), it seems that a priest has been placed in a home immediately opposite a primary school and that he has been taking Mass regularly and become involved in the teaching of children - apparently without the Church's knowledge, or so we are led to believe (an interview with a Church official seemed to indicate this; the person involved described the allegations revealed in the programme, if true, as 'insensitive' - well, that's one word for it, I suppose).

During the programme a Labour MP who took part in the programme called upon the Cardinal to resign, saying that the Church had still not taken on board the gravity of its past (and perhaps present) conduct. This story will no doubt develop in coming days.

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