VINCENT “ELSIE” NICHOLS HAS HAD A FINE CAREER IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC JUNTA BUT HIS STAR IS ABOUT TO CRASH TO EARTH IN FLAMES.
Soon we will appear at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse for the second time.
He was there for the first time to answer for his poor performance as Archbishop of Birmingham.
This time he will be quizzed by high flying QCs over his failures in Westminster.
He will especially be under fire for his reluctance to report his predecessor CCMOC for abusing a little girl.
He will be thrown to the legal wolves by Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton. There has never been any love lost between these two men.
Doyle, for all his faults, has a pastor’s heart.
Nichols has no heart at all and has always been a scheming, cunning, ambitious climber.
Elsie is now greatly disliked by the Westminster priests whom he has treated poorly.
They can’t wait for him to be gone.
When he was called before the IICSA the first time he threw a sickie, which was really a panic attack over the fear of being exposed.
He may try this a second time?
I was watching the opening proceedings of the IICSA yesterday and Nichols name was on the tounges of all the barristers representing victims.
Their knives are sharpened and Elsie’s bladder will be laid bare.
He has climbed the ladder from being priest to bishop’s secretary, bishop’s conference secretary, bishop, archbishop and latterly cardinal.
I’m quite sure he daydreamed about wearing the white.
He will end his career as a failure and to change the scripture quote: Though your robes are like scarlet they will reduced to ashes.
Why do these “holy” men not heed the Lord – “What would it profit a man if he gained the whole world and lost his very soul”?
MEANWHILE IN NORTHERN IRELAND