Their call comes as it was revealed that a former abbot of a prestigious Catholic establishment has been summoned back to the UK from Rome in connection with a police investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at St Benedict's School, Ealing, in west London. The Right Rev Dom Lawrence Soper, 80, now based at Collegio Sant'Anselmo in Rome, will voluntarily return to London this month to answer questions. Lord Carlile QC has been appointed to lead an independent inquiry into continuing allegations at the school.This is going to go on and on. If it turns out that the allegations against Soper are substantiated, then this is much worse than the issue of Father David Pearce. Soper was Abbot from 1991 to 2000, and so would have been in a position not only to commit abuses, but also to cover up the abuses of others. For instance, Soper was Abbot when Pearce "retired" as Junior School headteacher and was appointed Bursar instead. It's one thing to have had a paedophile priest among the ranks of the monks at the Abbey, it is quite another for there to have been a paedophile Abbot in charge of the place!
It is hard to imagine that nobody else at the Abbey had any idea about Soper. If that is the case, then it means that the monks (including the present Abbot, Martin Shipperlee) knew about him when they elected him Abbot. That means that they didn't think that this was a factor disqualifying him from the post. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions.