Newly-wed Jessica Simpson proclaims her love for her new husband and shares honeymoon photos

Hello Kitty dictionary misprint horrifies British mum with South African definition of 'necklace'

Vatican won't revoke sex celeb honour

2012-10-27 17:02
 
Jimmy-Savile
London - The Vatican says it cannot rescind the papal knighthood awarded to television star Jimmy Savile, who emerged as an alleged child sex predator after his death.

The Catholic Church of England said it has contacted the Holy See to ask it to posthumously revoke Savile's honour in recognition of the "deep distress" of the victims allegedly abused by Savile, a well-known BBC children's television host who died last year at the age of 84.

But the Vatican spokesperson, the Reverend Federico Lombardi, said on Saturday that the names of people who receive the knighthood don't appear in its yearbook and that the honour dies with the individual.

Lombardi said Savile never would have received the honour had the truth about his behaviour been known.

- SAPA

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
32 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Recent News

American Pie actor, Jason Biggs, found himself in hot water after tweeting a joke shortly after the crash of Malaysian Airline flight MH17. Read More »

The reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, has said she didn't authorise a new memoir about her life. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.