Vatican won't revoke sex celeb honour

2012-10-27 17:02
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.


  • danie.malan - 2012-10-27 17:13

    '....who emerged as an alleged child sex predator after his death.' Really poor writing (but gave me a big giggle none the less).

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-10-27 17:21

    Well they wouldn't would they as they have so many child predators in their church

      shaun.garthwaite - 2012-10-28 11:15

      Agreed they are the biggest sexual predators the world over! Well said!

      lovenergy - 2012-10-28 14:00

      It's not just the Vatican, all churches protect their predators well

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-27 17:39

    That's what they get medals for, one thing they are famous for doing really well.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-27 18:02

    . They will probably , make him a Saint !!!

  • andrew.prinsloo - 2012-10-27 18:07

    Getting the Vatican to find anything wrong with paedophilia is like getting land reform advice from bob mugabe ... Oh wait

  • gina.dagge - 2012-10-27 18:10

    Really ?!?!? What a bunch of idiots ... no wonder so many little boys get molested by priests and the Vatican closes its eyes .... Grrrrrrrrrrrr !!!!

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-10-27 18:22

    jimmy was certainly in good company.

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-10-27 18:53

    I am proudly Catholic. I know many good men and women who serve honorably in different roles in society, including that of the priesthood. Why should the acts of sick individuals taint the whole organization? If you have a rapist in your family, should that mean your whole family consists of rapists?

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-27 22:35

      No, but if the entire family defended him and more than that lied, hid and actively deceived people and police then you should taint the family.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-10-28 08:51

      Proudly Catholic unfortunately says it all. That proud institution you love so much is responsible for more death and poverty than any other organisation in history. EVER!

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-28 15:53


  • felican - 2012-10-27 19:55

    How TOTALLY DISGUSTING... If a President of a Country can be Impeached then a sexual predator's papl knighthood CAN be rescinded - WHAT UTTER CRAP..And all this so -called alleged freaking stuff.. Where there is smoke babe, there is fire. But then the Vatican is the seat of Sodom and Gomorroh!! Oh by the way the written reporting is very badly put together...

  • freddie.mostert.3 - 2012-10-27 20:17

    And so the papacy continue to make its name arse!

  • sarah.barnhoorn - 2012-10-27 21:17

    Catholic Church crowns itself in glory. A slightly stronger statement than... 'We would not have given it to him' would perhaps have been a little more appropriate given their history with child molesters?

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-27 22:35

    The very sick catholic church. The supporter of corruption in the world.

  • Desiree.D.Rowe - 2012-10-28 07:19

    As a Catholic myself that is one of the dumbest moves, the church can't afford any more tarnish. There is nothing to stop them from taking the honor away. Although I do tend to agree with other while did all of this wait until the man died. In this day and age that's the most bizarre thing about the whole story.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 10:22

    They can't, its common practise.

  • fernando.carvalho.58555941 - 2012-10-28 12:08

    Birds of a feather . . .

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-28 12:18

    Well, seems about half of their priests all over the world are guilty of being paedophiles, so why should it bother the Catholic church that one of their saints is one of the worst paedophiles ever.They are known to actively protect paedophiles, even when they have proof. The Catholic church is also the organisation who did a lot to help Nazis escape justice after the second world war. They did it for money then. Makes you think!

  • hamish.drake1 - 2012-10-28 12:33

    No laughing matter. But this had me in stiches. I don't no if the word "irony" quite covers it, but this is the most ironic story of the year (so far).

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 12:39

    He was saved by death.

  • frankie.dionisio - 2012-10-28 12:46

    Dont judge!Remember that there is only one Judge, so wait for your turn to come

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-28 15:55

      Don't judge? P@ss off! Judge everything.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 18:00

      My friend a comment,or opinion is not a judgement.I didn't sentenced him.

  • frankie.dionisio - 2012-10-28 13:42

    Dont blame the RCC,or any other church for that matter for they cannot read minds,blame the sick minded

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 18:03

      As a adult you may not betray trust, that cildren have in you.

  • phumlani.loliwe - 2012-10-28 14:04

    These Vatican people really need to get laid, that should keep them out of these embarassing stories for a while...

  • steele.oyle - 2012-10-28 14:33

    Christian cult

  • Adil Smit - 2012-10-28 23:23

    Why did he receive a papal knighthood?

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