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On the publication today of the First Report of the independent Review on Child Protection in the Catholic Church in England and Wales, chaired by Lord Nolan, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said:

'I am extremely grateful to Lord Nolan and his committee for their extremely constructive and helpful independent report, which will form a major item for discussion by all the bishops of England and Wales at our meeting next week. I would also like to thank all those who have contributed to the work of the Review in their submissions.
'We are committed to ensuring the Catholic Church becomes the safest place for children, and I am sure that this First Report, and the ongoing work of the Review, will help us to achieve this.'

The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales meets in London from 23 to 27 April. The customary news conference is expected to take place on 27 April. Further details on this will be sent out on 26 April.
The Cardinal asked Lord Nolan to chair the independent Review in summer 2000. The Review's Final Report is expected in summer 2001.

17 April 2001

Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor made the following comment in response to the announcement made today by Laurence Oates, the Official Solicitor, that he would not appeal the Court of Appeal's decision to the House of Lords:


'I can well understand that the parents of Mary and Jodie feel unable to continue what has become an arduous and protracted legal process, and one which they did not initiate. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their two children at this difficult time.'
28 September 2000

A submission by Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor to the Court of Appeal in the case of Central Manchester Healthcare Trust -v- Mr and Mrs A and re A Child...
14 September 2000

Last month I invited Lord Nolan to chair a Review Committee to examine arrangements made for child protection and the prevention of abuse within the Catholic Church in England and Wales. He very kindly agreed to do this. As an introduction to today's proceedings, I wish to say something about the background and the reasons for establishing such a committee.
12 September 2000

Last month I invited Lord Nolan to chair a Review Committee to examine arrangements made for child protection and the prevention of abuse within the Catholic Church in England and Wales. He very kindly agreed to do this. As an introduction to today's proceedings, I wish to say something about the background and the reasons for establishing such a committee.

Child abuse, whatever form it takes whether physical, sexual or emotional, is an evil to be utterly condemned. It often leaves deep and life-long scars on its victims and on their families. Our hearts go out in compassion to those who are the victims of child abuse.

12 September 2000

In a major lecture reflecting on his ministry as Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor sets out his vision of the Catholic Church in Britain today.


The lecture Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope ) - The Shape of the Church : Past, Present and to Come.. looks at how the Church has responded to the various challenges since the restoration of the Hierarchy 150 years ago.
01 January 1900

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has emphasised the fundamantal importance of the family to human society.

01 January 1900

In his Christmas homily, the Archbishop of Westminster has said that the key to a peaceful Middle East is peace in the Holy Land, and has asked for a ‘conversion of heart’ of everyone involved in the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

01 January 1900

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