Birmingham: Archbishop's statement on James Robinson


Birmingham Crown Court

Birmingham Crown Court

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court  yesterday (Friday) found the former Catholic priest James Robinson,  73, guilty of 21 sexual offences against young boys. He was given a 21 year jail sentence. Robinson, who fled to the United States in 1985, worked in the diocese for 14 after being ordained in 1971.
 
In a statement, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, said:  "This has been a very difficult time for everybody involved and our thoughts and prayers have been especially with the victims and their families throughout this ordeal.

"The Archdiocese of Birmingham sincerely regrets James Robinson’s serious betrayal of the trust placed in him.  We wish to express our heartfelt concern for all those who have been involved in this case or affected by it.

"We hope that today’s outcome will enable the victims and their families to begin the process of healing and ultimately bring some peace of mind.

"The Archdiocese of Birmingham has cooperated fully with West Midlands Police throughout this case, assisting them with their enquiries wherever and whenever possible.

"The Archdiocese of Birmingham remains committed to the safety and protection of children and vulnerable individuals and has robust
safeguarding policies in place which are continually reviewed and updated.

"Anyone who has been affected by this case in parishes or the wider community is welcome to contact the Archdiocese of Birmingham Safeguarding Office on: 0121 230 6240."

The Archbishop of Birmingham added: "As this matter remains the subject of legal proceedings it is not possible, or appropriate, for the Archdiocese of Birmingham to make any further comment at this time.

“There is one thing I would like to add: Following today’s sentencing of James Robinson I am about to initiate the Church’s process for
laicisation.”



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