Retired archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said he has felt "isolation and shame" over his handling of a case involvingan abusive priest in the 1990s. He had appointed Father Michael Hill as chaplain to Gatwick Airport, near London, despite receiving credible allegations against him. Fr Hill went on to abuse again and one of his victims was a 14-year-old boy confined to a wheelchair because he had cerebral palsy.
"The things I remember about my life as a priest are not the successes but rather the failures, and one particular and painful failure occurred 10 years ago when, owing to my grave mishandling of a priest who was an abuser, I was attacked and vilified for nearly two years," stated Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor.
"But I also began to understand in a new way, by talking with victims, the pain and grave damage done to them," he said. "I myself am not free from blame but have had to learn from mistakes to become, as someone described it, a wounded healer."
Pope Benedict XVI has named the 77-year-old cardinal as one of nine apostolic visitors to Ireland over the abuse scandals in the Church there.
COMMENT: What could be more embarrassing for the Roman Catholic Church than their appointment of a "squeaky clean" apostolic visitor to Ireland who is then revealed to be guilty of some sex abuse cover up in the past (chances of happening approx. 99.999 percent). So this is a really clever plan they have come up with. To appoint people to investigate sex abuse cover ups who have already been found guilty of sex abuse cover ups is inspired. The chances of them being exposed of being guilty of sex abuse cover ups will be reduced by... well... I would guess...
at least, five percent.