Cardinal horrified at murder of John Monckton
posted on 30 November 2004
The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, has reacted to the news of the death of John Monckton.
'I am horrified at the news of the murder of an exceptional and faithful man. My heart goes out to his wife Homeyra and the whole family - they are assured of my thoughts and prayers.'
Canon Michael Brockie, parish priest of Our Most Holy Redeemer and Thomas More on Cheyne Row, said he had known the family for three years. He said he was in 'deep shock'.
'John was a very faithful and committed Catholic and a wonderful father and husband. His death is a great personal loss both to me and to the parish.'
John Monckton was a weekly Massgoer at the parish church, where he gave out Communion at the 10 am Mass there. He also served on the finance committee of its parish council.
Mr Monckton was also active in the Knights of Malta, a Catholic charity which helps the poor.
Canon Brockie said:. They are a very close-knit family, extraordinarily devoted to one another. And very private.'
He said this was the third incident of its kind in Chelsea in last 6 weeks.
A sacristan at the church, Robin McCarthy, was bludgeoned almost to death in the sacristy of the church in January 2003. Mr McCarthy was left brain- damaged and is now in care.
'Chelsea has become very dangerous. Many people are hiring night watchmen. The police have put more community support officers on the streets - but they can't be everywhere at once.'