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Reaction from the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster

‘It is with profound sadness and deepest regret that the priests and people of the Diocese

of Lancaster acknowledge the sentencing, today, of Canon Stephen Shield – a priest of

this Diocese.’

The Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev Michael G Campbell OSA added:

“Please God, with the passing of time - together with a purified and strengthened resolve

by all - healing and reconciliation will be restored to those affected by this tragic episode

in our local Church of Lancaster.”

He continued:

“Those directly involved in this case should know of my heartfelt prayer for each of them

and those affected by this heart-breaking affair.”