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’s 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.”