Church asks for investigation over Savile Papal Knighthood

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has asked the Holy See to investigate the Papal Knighthood awarded to Jimmy Savile and whether it can be posthumously removed.

The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, wrote last week to the Holy See asking the competent office to investigate whether the Papal Honour awarded to Jimmy Savile for his charitable works could be posthumously removed and its effects nullified, recognising the deep distress of all those who have suffered abuse and the disquiet at Mr Savile’s name remaining on Papal Honours lists.

While the outcome of the current police investigation is awaited, the allegations of abuse are deeply shocking and our thoughts go first to all those who have been abused. The Church invites all those who have suffered abuse to come forward to the appropriate authorities.

– A spokesman for the Archbishop of Westminster

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