Critical need by 8/31:   $10,000 to cover a crippling immediate shortfall.   $5,370 to go.   Please help now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

English monk missing after jumping bail; faces child-abuse charges

Catholic World News - October 14, 2011

A Benedictine monk who is wanted in England to face child-abuse charges has disappeared, prompting prosecutors to seek an international warrant for his arrest.

Father Laurence Soper, the former abbot of Ealing Abbey, was arrested last September, but released on bail. He was due in court in March, but failed to appear.

Abbot Martin Shipperlee, who now heads Ealing Abbey, said that Father Soper was living at another abbey in Rome until March, when he left—ostensibly to travel to England for his court appearance. The abbot reports that “we we have heard nothing from him since and all efforts to contact him have been without success.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($15,684 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,316.18
45% 55%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Church Fathers: The Third Century and the School of Alexandria 7 hours ago
Every Aspect of the Catholic Thing August 28
News Posturing: How the dramatis personae use each other August 28
The intractable practical problems with the Kasper proposal August 28
No, the Pope did not endorse a gay-friendly children's book August 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5