STUMBLING ON THE WAY HOME
|TRADITIONAL ANGLICAN COMMUNION HEAD AND ONE TIME CATHOLIC PRIEST|
On 15th September,2011 , in the post entitled "Qui Bono?" ("Who benefits?") we looked at the allegations of homosexual rape by TAC Head and former Catholic Priest John Hepworth. If Hepworth had hoped the situation he alleged would advantage him in any way , he is disappointed.
As we indicated in that 15th September, 2011 post, the Complementary Norms issued with ANGLICANORUM COETIBUS on 4th November, 2009 seemed clearly framed with the Hepworth particulars in mind.It was confirmed on 25th November, by the Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference that the provisions of the Complementary Norms would prevent Hepworth from returning to Priestly ministry in the Catholic Church. There was no surprise in this, the prohibition has been there , publicly available in the Norms, for two years.
If anyone thought the allegations made by Hepworth against two deceased Priests and a former Seminarian, now a senior and much respected Parish Priest, would lead to Hepworth being given special treatment, they were wrong. The Norms have held fast, an important test in the Ordinariate history which will face many and varied exceptional cases.
Now the Archdiocese of Adelaide has resolved the case of the allegations Hepworth made. The process set up by the Archdiocese involved an independent inquiry by Mr Michael Abbott Q.C. who questioned 29 witnesses who were involved at the time and the examination of contemporaneous documents relating to the events.It has now been announced that the inquiry has found that there is no substance in the claims.
Monsignor Dempsey, the the Seminarian referred to but not named by Hepworth when he made his allegations, was named by Senator Nick Xenophon the well known Media Tart from the coward's castle of Parliamentary Privilege. Monsignor Dempsey has consistently denied any sexual involvement with Hepworth whether involuntary or consensual. He remains on leave from his Parish responsibilities.