Pray for those affected by betrayal of trust experienced in the Church

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The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Mt Rev Bernard Longley, has given a homily at the Church of St Giles in Cheadle, Staffordshire – the church where Father Bede Walsh served as a Catholic priest. Bede Walsh was convicted by a jury, following a 10-day trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, of 21 sexual offences.

In his homily, delivered on Sunday 12 February 2012 during 10.30am Mass, the Archbishop related the Gospel to healing:

“Today‚Äôs Gospel emphasises that Jesus Christ is the one who brings wholeness and healing into our lives and the lives of all those who suffer as individuals or as communities. Sometimes a wound has to be exposed to the light of day before it can begin to heal.”

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Homily: Archbishop Longley – St Giles, Cheadle


Statement by the Archbishop of Birmingham on Bede Walsh