Fr Hetherton SOLICITORS FOR Fr Seamus Hetherton of Swanley, Kent, this week issued a statement regarding charges of theft and false accounting. "The proceedings have now been discontinued against Mr Hetherton and therefore he is not required to appear before Dartford Magistrates' Court on 1st September 1997," they said.
THE IRISH CATHOLIC priest convicted in 1994 of abusing 20 children over a 30 year period, whose case led to the collapse of Albert Reynolds's government, had a fatal heart attack in prison last Friday night. Brendan Smyth, 70, showed no signs of repentance. His crimes shamed the Catholic Church in Ireland and saw the Fianna Fail-Labour coalition government embroiled in controversy over the delay in extraditing him to Belfast to face charges there.
Parents blamed SEPARATION FROM a biological parent may cause criminal behaviour, according to a report published on Wednesday by the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO). The report Families and Crime also points to family conflict, scant supervision of children by parents, a lack of interest in their education or leisure activities and harsh or erratic discipline as "key factors likely to contribute to offending". Families and Crime, NACRO publications, 169 Clapham Road, London SW9 OPU, priced £2.50.
A YEAR AFTER IT WAS threatened with closure, Prinknash Abbey Pottery has relaunched under the new ownership of The Welsh Porcelain Company. The pottery opened in 1942, making fine crockery using clay from a seam found in the grounds of the abbey.
The new range is described as "reviving the glories of the monastic high table". The "Temptation" range is said by the makers to "echo the monks' diligent cultivation of both their spreading orchards and their resistance to sin". Prinknash Abbey Pottery, telephone 01452 812239.
CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS) which aims to reunite warring couples, is the latest offering from London Weekend Television for TV screens this Autumn. Humphrey Barclay, controller of comedy at LWT, is reported as saying: "We don't know which will be more fun: the prospect of a couple being reunited, or watching them disintegrate." He claims the programme will have a serious "moral" undertone.