Family fury after church welcomes tributes for paedophile priest Anthony Laundy

Family fury after church welcomes tributes for paedophile priest

Anthony Laundy's funeral in Croydon

Mourners gather for Anthony Laundy's funeral

Sacred Heart church in Wimbledon

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The horrified family of a child abuse victim is calling for a church to apologise after the funeral of a paedophile priest who carried out years of abuse was advertised in its newsletter.

Father Anthony Laundy was jailed for abusing boys while a priest at Sacred Heart church in Edge Hill, Wimbledon, and later at St Winefride’s in Kew Gardens.

He died last month.

The mother of one of his victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, expressed her shock a coach party was organised for people to attend the funeral in Croydon on Tuesday.

The woman said: “My son was systematically abused by Laundy over four to five years and he has suffered ever since.

"I am absolutely enraged.

“The church where he perpetrated many of his crimes advertising his funeral is outrageous.”

Seeing his abuser’s funeral advertised brings back horrible memories, she said.

The woman said even many years later her son finds it difficult to trust people after being sexually abused by Laundy, who admitted what happened before being jailed in 2000.

She said: “They are treating his funeral like a parish church outing, with drinks and nibbles, when this is a convicted paedophile that has done extensive damage to my son and others.”

The mother has demanded an apology from the churches advertising Laundy’s funeral.

Father Tom Scannell of St Winifride’s apologised that the family had been so deeply hurt by the item in the newsletter of St Winefride’s church.

However, John Neil, a parishioner for Sacred Heart, said the advert in the church newsletter was a formality given to anyone who had died and the church would not be apologising.

Mr Neil said: “It is not about condoning what may or may not have happened with Tony Laundy.

“It would be more extraordinary to bury a man hush hush – people must be invited to pray for him, his family are bereaved.

“We recognise people may or may not have sinned in the past.

“We have to pray for the repose for the soul.

“It is not without sympathy for the victims.”

Dozens of mourners attended the funeral at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Wellesley Road, Croydon.

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5:49pm Wed 7 May 14

EdwinaWaugh says...

It seems that this area is more tolerant towards deviants that is usual. Is it the influence of the NatLibs? We still remember the shame of Elm House in Rocks Lane, Barnes.
It seems that this area is more tolerant towards deviants that is usual. Is it the influence of the NatLibs? We still remember the shame of Elm House in Rocks Lane, Barnes. EdwinaWaugh
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3:20pm Thu 8 May 14

Moominmumma says...

Mr Neil said: “It is not about condoning what may or may not have happened with Tony Laundy.

There is no may or may not! He was guilty! He admitted it and was convicted in 2000! Small wonder people are turning their backs on the church
Mr Neil said: “It is not about condoning what may or may not have happened with Tony Laundy. There is no may or may not! He was guilty! He admitted it and was convicted in 2000! Small wonder people are turning their backs on the church Moominmumma
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9:16pm Thu 8 May 14

moggie57 says...

the catholic church always covers up a multitude of sins .they think themselves god ,and that excuses them for being evil perverted priests. hiding behind their holy cloth..that is not what would jesus do...
the catholic church always covers up a multitude of sins .they think themselves god ,and that excuses them for being evil perverted priests. hiding behind their holy cloth..that is not what would jesus do... moggie57
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10:02pm Thu 8 May 14

POB007 says...

The Catholic Church if full of sinners and hypocrites. They say we should pray for the repose of these paedophiles, why? Let them rot in hell. Did god say it is ok for children to be abused? St Mary's Church Croydon supported a paedophile during his court appearance and even after pleading guilty the church offered him to return to the church as a carer of the altar boys and girls. So when he ends his 5 years on the sex offenders register he can go back. Parents of the parish are you happy to allow the church to take him back?
The Catholic Church if full of sinners and hypocrites. They say we should pray for the repose of these paedophiles, why? Let them rot in hell. Did god say it is ok for children to be abused? St Mary's Church Croydon supported a paedophile during his court appearance and even after pleading guilty the church offered him to return to the church as a carer of the altar boys and girls. So when he ends his 5 years on the sex offenders register he can go back. Parents of the parish are you happy to allow the church to take him back? POB007
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9:23am Fri 9 May 14

Dani78 says...

Lets hope he rots in hell and those that think its right to give this sick **** a send off should also rot in hell..
Lets hope he rots in hell and those that think its right to give this sick **** a send off should also rot in hell.. Dani78
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1:34pm Fri 9 May 14

G_Whiz says...

I wonder if the Church held a service for his victims?

Why would the Church even think of mentioning a man who lived a lie, a man who only did that job to access children a man who had no respect for the congregation.

Jeeze, i know paedophiles are clever and munipulative, but this time it's matched by the stupidity of John Neil and Tom Scannell et al!

I know the Liberals will be happy with this story, but please when are we going think about victims for a change?
I wonder if the Church held a service for his victims? Why would the Church even think of mentioning a man who lived a lie, a man who only did that job to access children a man who had no respect for the congregation. Jeeze, i know paedophiles are clever and munipulative, but this time it's matched by the stupidity of John Neil and Tom Scannell et al! I know the Liberals will be happy with this story, but please when are we going think about victims for a change? G_Whiz
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7:06pm Sat 10 May 14

metis says...

moggie57 wrote:
the catholic church always covers up a multitude of sins .they think themselves god ,and that excuses them for being evil perverted priests. hiding behind their holy cloth..that is not what would jesus do...
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Mathew 6:14-15
[quote][p][bold]moggie57[/bold] wrote: the catholic church always covers up a multitude of sins .they think themselves god ,and that excuses them for being evil perverted priests. hiding behind their holy cloth..that is not what would jesus do...[/p][/quote]"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Mathew 6:14-15 metis
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