Refusnik rev: the vicar ​whose council tax protest could put him in jail – The Guardian

‘Retired clergyman Paul Nicolson, who is refusing to pay council tax in solidarity with those hit by benefit cuts, explains why he’s happy to take the consequences.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2016

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George Bell: The battle for a bishop’s reputation – BBC News

Posted May 5th, 2016 in children, clergy, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘George Bell was one of the most influential Anglican bishops of the last century. But, almost 60 years after his death, he was accused of having been a child abuser. Now campaigners are battling to defend his reputation.’

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BBC News, 5th May 2016

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Former rector Stephen Crabtree jailed for abusing girl – BBC News

Posted April 1st, 2016 in child abuse, clergy, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A disgraced clergyman who repeatedly sexually abused a 15-year-old girl has been given a three-year jail sentence.’

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BBC News, 31st March 2016

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Gay clergyman to appeal after losing discrimination claim – The Guardian

‘A gay clergyman who lost an employment tribunal against the Church of England has been given the right to appeal.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2016

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Church of England pays £35,000 to man abused by expert on canon law – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2015 in Church of England, clergy, compensation, news, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘The Church of England has paid £35,000 in compensation and apologised to a survivor of clerical sexual abuse in the latest in a string of cases involving senior church figures. The diocese of London has also agreed to an independent review of how the church handled the allegations of abuse, which date back to the 1980s.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2015

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Gay canon Jeremy Pemberton was not discriminated against – BBC News

‘A gay clergyman prevented from taking up a post as a hospital chaplain was not discriminated against, an employment tribunal panel has ruled.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2015

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Retired bishop Peter Ball jailed for sex assaults – BBC News

Posted October 8th, 2015 in clergy, misfeasance in public office, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A retired Church of England bishop has been jailed for a string of offences against teenagers and young men.’

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BBC News, 7th October 2015

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Bishop Ball sex charges caution ‘wrong’ admits CPS – BBC News

‘A retired bishop who has admitted sex offences against young men, should have faced charges 22 years ago, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has admitted. The CPS said a caution given to Peter Ball in 1993 was wrong as there was sufficient evidence to prosecute.’

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BBC News, 13th September 2015

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Gay priest forced to wait for verdict in church discrimination tribunal – The Guardian

‘A clergyman who wed his partner in a same-sex marriage may have to wait until next year to find out whether a decision by the church to remove his right to officiate was discriminatory.’

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The Guardian, 1st September 2015

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First priest to marry same-sex partner sues church for discrimination – The Guardian

‘The first priest to marry his same-sex partner has begun a discrimination case against the Church of England over its withdrawal of his right to officiate as a priest following the union.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2015

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Sharpe v Bishop of Worcester (in his corporate capacity) – WLR Daily

Sharpe v Bishop of Worcester (in his corporate capacity) [2015] EWCA Civ 399; [2015] WLR (D) 196

‘In determining the question of whether a person was a “worker” within the meaning of section 43K(1)(a) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, the words “terms on which he is or was engaged to do the work” required the person to have a contract with the person of whom he was said to be a “worker”.’

WLR Daily, 30th April 2015

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Retired vicar who refused to pay council tax as matter of principle wins High Court victory over excessive costs – The Independent

Posted May 7th, 2015 in clergy, costs, council tax, news, poverty, taxation by sally

‘A retired vicar who refused to pay council tax on a matter of principle has won a High Court victory over excessive costs.’

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The Independent, 7th May 2015

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Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 1st, 2015 in clergy, legislation, peerages & dignities, women by sally

Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015 published

Full text of Act

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Hanley Broadheath ‘harassed’ vicar at Court of Appeal – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2015 in appeals, Church of England, clergy, employment, harassment, news, unfair dismissal by sally

‘A vicar who claimed he was the victim of four years of harassment has appeared at the Court of Appeal over whether he has the right to bring an action for unfair dismissal.’

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BBC News, 11th February 2015

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CPS to launch review after ‘shambolic’ fake marriage case collapses – The Independent

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to launch a full review of its procedures after a judge halted a case in which a vicar who was alleged to have operated a “conveyor belt” of sham marriages claimed that immigration officers concealed evidence and lied under oath.’

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The Independent, 23rd October 2014

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Police officer in Sean Rigg case not allowed to resign, court rules – The Guardian

‘A police constable under investigation following the death of a mentally ill musician has lost a legal battle to be allowed to resign in order to become a Church of England minister.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2014

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Deacon Alan Morris jailed for school sex abuse – BBC News

‘A deacon convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys at a Greater Manchester school has been jailed for nine years.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2014

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Catholic Church defrocks 52 priests for sex abuse – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2014 in child abuse, clergy, disciplinary procedures, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Catholic Church in England and Wales has defrocked 52 priests for sexual abuse since 2001. The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) also said 465 sexual assault claims were made against clergy members between 2003 and 2012.’

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BBC News, 24th July 2014

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Women bishops vote welcomed by Archbishop of Canterbury – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2014 in Church of England, clergy, equality, news, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘The Archbishop of Canterbury has welcomed the Church of England’s historic vote to allow women to become bishops.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2014

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Paedophile priest Francis Paul Cullen jailed for 15 years – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2014 in clergy, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A priest who sexually assaulted seven children before spending more than two decades on the run in Spain has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 24th March 2014

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