Papal Knighthoods for sale

  1. Tony Blair’s priest fixed papal knighthoods for cash: Senior Catholic took up to £50k donations for honours

    By IAN GALLAGHER
    UPDATED: 16:22 GMT, 12 October 201

    • Senior Catholic Fr Michael Seed admits soliciting charity donations of up to £50,000 for prestigious honours
    • Franciscan Friars ‘appalled’ by MoS disclosures… as Seed admits his actions could be ‘morally wrong’
    Father Michael SeedSuspended: Father Michael Seed’s superiors are said to be ‘appalled’

    One of Britain’s most high-profile Catholic priests has admitted arranging papal knighthoods for wealthy businessmen for money.

    Father Michael Seed, who regularly celebrated Mass for Tony Blair and his family in Downing Street, now faces questions from his religious order after an investigation by The Mail on Sunday.

    The most damaging evidence concerns his attempted cultivation of an Israeli arms dealer, Hezi Bezalel, who was seeking business opportunities in the Balkans.

    It shows that Fr Seed, a former ecumenical adviser to the Archbishop of Westminster, had ‘agreed’ a papal knighthood for Mr Bezalel before approaching him. In return for a £45,000 donation to charity, Fr Seed said he could also introduce Mr Bezalel to influential Balkan politicians ‘and the man who looks after all arms for the region’. Mr Bezalel declined the offer, saying he did not give to charity ‘under instruction’.

    Papal knighthoods are awarded to lay men and women for conspicuous service to the church and society. They are among the highest honours the Pope can bestow.

    Tonight a source close to Fr Seed’s order, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, said his superiors were ‘appalled’. Although he failed to solicit funds from Mr Bezalel, at least four wealthy Britons were impressed by his overtures. Fr Seed admitted they made donations to an Archbishop friend’s charity in Serbia to become papal knights.

    It was unclear last night if the four, who are each understood to have contributed between £25,000 and £50,000, had done anything else to merit their honour.

    Our inquiries also reveal that:

    • Fr Seed gave a £34,000 cheque drawn from his order’s charity bank account to a friend, Chinese businesswoman Xuelin Black, who later paid the money into his personal account. Last night the order said it was auditing accounts over the disclosure. Ms Black, 47, who was made a papal dame by Pope Benedict XVI, is a Tory donor and adviser to the Government’s Big Society project.
    • Fr Seed is on indefinite leave from his order after claims that he marked the 25th anniversary of his ordination in January with a champagne party at a racy club, with entertainment provided by men dressed as nuns.
    • He lives rent-free in a flat owned by one of his wealthy papal knights in exclusive Dolphin Square in Pimlico, Central London.

    Fr Seed, who has taken a vow of poverty, denied profiting from any of the deals. But he agreed that trying to solicit funds from Mr Bezalel could be seen as ‘morally wrong’.

    Asked if he thought many would see the deal as an abuse of the papal honours system, he said: ‘Of course I do.’

    Fr Seed is honorary chaplain to the International Committee on Human Dignity, based at the European Parliament in Brussels. But it was as unofficial Catholic envoy to Parliament that he acquired many well-connected friends. He was praised by Cherie Blair for turning ‘the great into the good’ and helped to convert Tony Blair, Ann Widdecombe, John Gummer and the Duchess of Kent.

    Father Michael SeedAdmission: Father Seed is facing questions from his religious order

    When he approached Mr Bezalel in November

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1370323/Tony-Blairs-priest-fixed-papal-knighthoods-cash.html#ixzz2JMdHogEd
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    Tony Blair’s priest fixed papal knighthoods for cash | Mail Online

    Oct 12, 2012 – One of Britain’s most high-profile Catholic priests has admitted arrangingpapal knighthoods for wealthy businessmen for money.

  2. Catholic church wants perv Jimmy Savile’s papal knighthood 

    Oct 28, 2012 – Catholic church wants perv Jimmy Savile’s papal knighthood removed friend of Savile but was not aware of his dark secrets and has now said that he should lose the papal honour. Cardinal …. Get Your Sale Price Now! Go 

  3. Savile’s papal knighthood can’t be revoked, says Vatican – World 

    Oct 27, 2012 – The Vatican says it never would have given Jimmy Savile his papal knighthood had it known of allegations the British TV star was a child sex 

  4. Jimmy Savile: Papal Knighthood could be posthumously removed 

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    Oct 27, 2012 – The spokesman said there was no official process to removePapal knighthoods and no “deadline” for Rome to reply to the archbishop.

  5. Fr Seed sells Papal Knighthoods for Cash | Catholic and Loving it!

    http://www.lovingit.co.uk/…/fr-seed-sells-papal-knighthoods-for-cash.html

    Mar 31, 2011 – Actually I am not sure I believe any of this – Fr Seedy, transvestite nuns, the Pigalle club, gun-running in the balkans, papal knighthoods for sale 

  6. Church May Strip Savile Of His Papal Knighthood | News | The Irish 

    Oct 11, 2012 – THE Catholic Church may post humously strip Jimmy Savile of hispapal knighthood as police from at least five forces investigate allegations he 

  7. Taking away Rupert Murdoch’s papal knighthood would be 

    Jul 11, 2011 – Should Cavaliere Murdoch have his papal knighthood rescinded? …..The practice is known as the ‘sale of indulgences’, and the present pope 

  8. Debate: Should Rupert Murdoch’s papal knighthood be rescinded 

    Jul 8, 2011 – Is it right that papal knighthoods should be awarded in this way? The honour is supposed to recognise a person’s service to the Church.

  9. Nicola Canali – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicola_Canali

     and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1935. He was Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a prestigious papal order of knighthood.

  10. Knighthoods for Sale | Reference.com

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    Oct 12, 2012 … Papal knighthoods are awarded to lay men and women for 

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8 Responses to Papal Knighthoods for sale

  1. William K. says:

    Has there been any knighting in the Archdiocese of Mumbai under the thick skinned Archbishop of India?

  2. Knighthoods and other honours in exchange for cash and other donations; this is the history of the church and a fact of life we all have to face; so why the rumpus. Many people believe that, on the amount of money put into the collection box, depends the quantum of forgiveness God will give you for your sins; this system of trying to bribe God has gone on since the beginning of time; so it is no big journalistic scoop.

  3. pietro says:

    If you are a bishops friend you are definitely in line for papal knighthood

    • Pietro, do you mean to tell me only their friends, relative and family members will reach the promised land.Who is fooling who and why is it that we educated laity just believe them.
      Its time people like you and me stand up for this nonsense

  4. Did Cardinal Bertone really confirm quack faith healer and necromancer john of god and honor him with knighthood to papal Order of St Gregory
    http://lakishajj.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/pope-in-brazil-honor-quack-john-of-god/
    Seems unbelievable, even for him.

  5. Today everything is possible in the administration of the catholic church, please dont be surprised, one has just to open the lid and search and you will find the answers. At a town, Santa Cruz, Mumbai, India even church residential rooms/flats meant for the lesser privileged practicing catholic sisters and brothers are being given out/sold must against the rule, Of course you need to have a sugar daddy in the administration to turn a Nelson eye to what is happening. I have queried the local parish priest, the local bishop and our very own Cardinal Oswald Gracias Archbishop of Bombay, only to receive a stony silence.Then I am dubbed as a enemy of the church.
    Dont be alarmed should you heard our churches are also up for sale shortly.

    Disgusting, and shameful,

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