An Oxford University professor of theology has been sentenced to a year in prison and placed on the sex offender register in France for downloading 27,000 images and 1000 videos depicting child abuse.

The scholar, best known for his expertise in Syriac versions of the bible, Qumran manuscripts and the Septuagint, acknowledged the charges, describing his addiction as “a secret garden, in contradiction with myself”. The images were discovered during an investigation by cybercrime specialists in Strasbourg.

When it is decreed that the mask must slip or the veil be lifted, no amount of eminence, acclaim or repute can save man from his fate. When our Lord decrees the downfall of man, he must fall. For every man who persists in evil there is a reckoning.

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