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CATHOLIC CHURCH NOW REGRETS KNIGHTHOOD FOR JIMMY SAVILE, NO SERIOUSLY, OVER SEX ABUSE CLAIMS
October 28 2012
Vatican City – If Jimmy Savile were still alive there is no doubt he would be going through very hard times right. Beloved in his life by millions of people across the U.K., their version of Dick Clark, Savile’s reputation has been turned to rust in recent weeks following widespread allegations of sexual abuse of minors, something which people around him helped to cover up.
That investigation has yielded a remarkable number of victims already, upwards of 300, and could well bring about indictments for many people still alive, people who helped enable Savile’s behavior and even participated, all things that have surely rendered his previously sterling reputation in tatters.
Because Savile is dead, though, the impact of such things is really limited to him. He will not be prosecuted, will not have his money taken away, and ultimately did end up dying a legend in his own mind. Now, though, the knives are out for his reputation and even the Catholic Church is after him, seriously, seeking to remove a Papal Knighthood bestowed upon him because he abused children. Seriously, the Catholic Church.
“It is deeply saddened that a person who has been soiled in this way could in his lifetime have been proposed for an honour by the Holy See, which in the light of recent information should certainly not have been bestowed,” said Vatican spokesperson Father Federico Lombardi. “The Holy See firmly condemns the horrible
crimes of sexual abuse of minors. The most important thing, therefore, is to reaffirm the Church's condemnation of all forms of sexual abuse, and particularly abuse of minors, as extremely grave crimes. The Holy See is adamant on this point.”
Lombardi apparently made the latter part of that statement with a completely straight face, like no trace of irony at all.
It’s not clear what effect the removal of the Knighthood will have on anything at all.
“Obviously people are going to want to distance themselves from Savile in the wake of all this, to push away as far as they can in order to not sully themselves with the things that happened and that I guess includes the Church which is just kind of weird really, but then again this is high profile and just kind of hard to shuffle around,” said Scrape TV Religion analyst Bertram Gas. “It’s hard to make people forget about this one and that means they have to do something to push away. I mean obviously they don’t want people thinking they support child abuse, obviously.”
Removal of a Papal Knighthood is extremely rare and doesn’t really matter much at all.
“Clearly the Church as decided to disassociate themselves, at least publicly, with sex
abuse and this is such a high profile case, at least in the U.K., that they have to do something to show that they care about the children. Sometimes they care too much about the children of course, but they have to do something,” continued Gas. “I mean they don’t want people thinking they support child abuse by allowing this completely meaningless titles to continue to be attributed to a dead man. That would be an abomination, really, something that could seriously harm the Church and possibly even bring the whole enterprise down and that would just be awful. Best they push away, lest they be painted with the exact same brush.”
Vatican officials will likely make a decision on brushing the Knighthood under the carpet shortly.
William Ashford, Business Correspondent