Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor
The police have asked the Crown Prosecution Service for help in an investigation involving the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.
The Sunday Mirror reports that Surrey police are trying to establish whether, during the 1980s, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor knew that a priest in his diocese was a paedophile.
He was then the Bishop of Brighton and Arundel.
The newspaper reports claims that the priest was transferred when allegations about him came to light but that the police were not informed.
Sussex Police contacted the CPS for advice as part of their inquiries involving the Cardinal and we gave them advice
The man was later convicted of sexual offences against children.
A CPS spokeswoman said: "Sussex Police contacted the CPS for advice as part of their inquiries involving the Cardinal and we gave them advice."
She stressed that this advice was confidential, and said: "We have not had a file from the police yet and I do not know at what stage the police inquiries are at.
"Eventually they will complete their investigation and then they may pass the file to us for consideration."
Mark Morley, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, said: "We have not been contacted by the police but in the event that we are, we will, of course, fully co-operate with any inquiries they wish to make."
Archbishop Murphy-O'Connor, 70, is the spiritual leader in England and Wales for more than four million Catholics.
He was made a Cardinal by the Pope in February 2001.Posted by paul at September 22, 2002 11:35 AM