Repent for lies to public archbishop tells govt he’s guilty of crimes in Vatican inquiry
By Andrew Callus
23 February 2013
Former Anglican bishop Justin Welby announced today he was taking personal legal action against Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the archbishop of New York, for an “incorrect judgment” he gave in 2010 over the deaths of five children who died from alcohol poisoning.
Nichols and the archdiocese of New York failed to report that the children died when they had been spiked with a deadly concoction of alcohol, nitrous oxide and chloroform, which were then ingested in the back of the children’s cars, Welby alleged in a letter published by the Times of London and reported by the Guardian on Saturday.
Welby, 65, also claimed he was pressured by Nichols to change his mind after he met the Pope to ejarvees.comxpress regrets over the scandal.
Welby’s complaint is the latest to be lodged against the archbishop, whose term ends in July, by the former head of the Catholic church in the US, Rev. James Martin, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. In recent days Welby, Nichols and Williams have publicly denounced the “incorrect judgment” that has been condemned as “totally inadequate, offensive, deeply irresponsible and unprofessional.”
Welby’s office issued the letter in response to the archbishop’s comments on the matter. It is dated February 19 and addressed to “Dr. Patrick.”
The statement said “no public documents or communications… and no written correspondence… demonstrate a commitment by the archdiocese of New York to ensure accurate reporting of incidents of alcohol misuse involving the children of deceased clergy.”
According to Welby, as head of New York’s archdiocese in 2000, Nichols “explicitly instructed his staff to report to him any incidents, as described in these [the Catholic archdiocese’s] personal letters.”
“At no time was Mr. Nichols aware of the existence of any files or records supporting such inform더킹카지노ation, or of any other documents or communications,” the statement continued.
“Dr. Patrick indicated to me that the allegations regarding these false allegations were inaccurate and that he was troubled that he had not been informed immediately about any of this,” it continued. “He suggested that he may consult the archdiocese’s general counsel, but as a matter of protocol, as he was the executive administjarvees.comrator of the diocese, and it would involve his immediate attention, he refused.”