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UK    CHURCH ACCUSED OVER PAEDOPHILE PRIEST
The new head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales is under fire from the media following revelations that he permitted a paedophile priest continue his ministry amid warnings from professionals that he would re-offend.
    A BBC investigation found evidence that, in the early 1980s, Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor played a crucial role in allowing Father Michael Hill to continue working despite complaints. Documents show he ignored the advice of doctors and therapists who warned that the priest was likely to re-offend.
    A spokesman for the Catholic Church, Nicholas Coote, told that Archbishop Murphy-O'Connor followed the advice of professionals by sending Father Hill away for therapy, but added the priest was then posted to another parish where he was closely monitored.
   
BBC
   
20 July 00



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