The Church in Britain has said that the late entertainer Sir Jimmy Savile would not have been awarded a papal knighthood had it been aware of the allegations of sexual assault made against him, reports The Tablet.
A spokesman for the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said the Church would not have awarded Sir Jimmy the honour if it "had been aware of the allegations and the allegations had proved to be true".
Sir Jimmy was awarded a Knighthood of the Order of St Gregory the Great in 1990. He helped to raise significant funds for the Little Sisters of the Poor, who run a care home in Leeds.
Scotland Yard has said they are pursuing inquiries into allegations of abuse against Sir Jimmy since a television documentary last week broadcast stories of women who claimed he abused them.
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