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Cardinal News Archive

News of the World story 'totally false'
Cardinal to file formal complaint with Press Complaints Commission

The claim made in the News of the World today that Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor through an intermediary, Bishop Howard Tripp, offered Michael Hill, a prisoner in Belmarsh Prison, a £50,000 bribe to keep silent and disappear after he is eventually released from prison is totally false and without foundation whatsoever. This was made clear to the newspaper concerned prior to publication.

Prison visiting is an important part of the ministry of the Catholic Church in this country. Bishop Tripp has made pastoral visits to prisons in the Archdiocese of Southwark, including Belmarsh Prison, for over twenty years. No conversation as recorded in the News of the World has ever taken place between Bishop Tripp, in the carrying out of his pastoral duties, and Michael Hill.

The decision to print such a fabricated and defamatory story leaves the Cardinal and Bishop Tripp no alternative but to file a formal complaint with the Press Complaints Commission.

12 January 2003

New Auxiliary bishops appointed to Westminster
Pope John Paul II has appointed two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Westminster.

The new Bishops are Fr. Bernard Longley, an expert in ecumenism and currently an Assistant General Secretary at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. The second appointment is Fr Alan Hopes, an Anglican convert who was received into the Catholic Church as recently as 1994 and who was appointed Vicar General in the Westminster Diocese by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in 2001.

06 January 2003

Transcript of Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman
The transcript of Jeremy Paxman's interview with the Cardinal on BBC2's Newsnight programme.
05 December 2002

Catholic Bishops on Military Action against Iraq
The statement agreed by the plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales the week of 11 November.
15 November 2002

Initial Response to Government Dossier on Iraq
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor initially responded to the Government's Dossier on Iraq's Weapons of mass Destruction saying:

'Along with my fellow Catholic bishops in England and Wales I welcome the publication of the Government's dossier. We will be listening carefully to the debate in Parliament today. We will study the dossier carefully and listen both to the public's reaction, and that of the Catholic community, before responding.
24 September 2002

Archbishop Williams Appointment Welcomed by the Cardinal
'I warmly welcome the appointment of Rowan Williams to succeed George Carey as Archbishop of Canterbury.' says Cardinal...
23 July 2002

Auxiliary Bishop Arthur Roche to move to Leeds
It was announced today that the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, has appointed Bishop Arthur Roche, presently an Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, as Coadjutor Bishop of Leeds with right of succession to the present Ordinary, Bishop David Konstant.
16 July 2002

Death of Miles, Duke of Norfolk
On hearing of the death of the Duke of Norfolk, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said:

'It was with the greatest sadness that I learnt of the death of Miles, Duke of Norfolk. He was a true Christian gentleman in the real sense of those words. His faith permeated his whole life and he was extraordinarily generous in the time and effort he gave to charitable work.
25 June 2002

Cardinal speaks out for Refugees
The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has spoken out about the Church's obligation to act justly and to love tenderly when dealing with refugees.

To mark Refugee Week, which begins on Sunday 16 June, a letter has issued to all priests of the Westminster Diocese encouraging them to ensure that the pastoral needs of refugees living in parishes in the diocese are met generously, and with a commitment that reflects the Gospel.
13 June 2002

Christians in Politics Initiative
The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, has endorsed a new initiative to encourage Christians to play their role in the political life of our nation, saying:

I am delighted to endorse the Christians in Politics initiative. Our faith can never be a private affair. God's call to each one of us is a call into the fullness of our humanity, into a life of love. That means, at least in part, a life of service to our fellow human beings. Whatever our individual gifts, and whatever our vocation, each one of us has so much to give.
Like you I hope that people of Christian faith, as well as other faiths, will consider very seriously whether they have a calling to a life of service within our democratic political system.

Like any system it needs people of the highest integrity and ideals to bring to fruition the principles on which it is based - principles of fairness, freedom, mutual respect, democratic accountability.

As Christians we can and do make a difference in our society. We are a force for the common good. Standing for elected office is a brave and potentially deeply rewarding way to live out the Christian calling and, in the process, to underline the value of politics to the well being of our society.

10 June 2002


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