“Never once in all that time did I experience anything of the behaviour he was accused of. That is why his downfall came as such a shock to me and to so many. The Cardinal was much loved in the archdiocese. I was a bishop only a few months when this sad narrative began to unravel. The cardinal admitted behaviour unbecoming in a man of God and I do not believe forgiveness of him is at question.”
On the issue of clerical sexual abuse, Bishop Robson added that he believed the process of forgiveness and reparation would not be quick or easy and that the “horrific trial” would continue for some time.