Robinson Defrocked As Archbishop Reflects on "Difficult Time for Everyone" in Harrowing Investigation

This is Staffordshire
October 23, 2010

The Most Rev Bernard Longley, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, confirmed Robinson would face laicisation, which means he will never be able to practice as a priest again.

The archbishop, who refused to answer questions about the Catholic Church's role in Robinson's case, said: "This has been a very difficult time for everybody involved and our thoughts and prayers have been especially with the victims and their families throughout this ordeal.

"The Archdiocese of Birmingham sincerely regrets Robinson's serious betrayal of the trust placed in him.

"We wish to express our heartfelt concern for all those who have been involved in this case or affected by it."

He said the Archdiocese of Birmingham, which covers Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, helped police with the investigation.

He added: "The Archdiocese remains committed to the safety and protection of children and vulnerable individuals and has robust safeguarding policies in place, which are continually reviewed.

"As the matter remains the subject of legal proceedings it is not possible, or appropriate to make any further comment."


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