Birmingham Archdiocese let children be abused and harboured paedophile priests ‘to protect its own reputation’ – The Independent

Posted June 21st, 2019 in child abuse, clergy, inquiries, news, reports, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Birmingham’s Catholic church protected paedophile priests and allowed child sex abuse to continue in order to preserve its own reputation, a damning inquiry has found.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2019

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Victims in religious institutions less likely to report sexual abuse, says inquiry – The Independent

Posted May 30th, 2019 in child abuse, Christianity, clergy, news, sexual offences, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Children who suffer sexual abuse are significantly less likely to report it if it is being perpetrated in a religious institution, according to a major analysis of survivors’ experiences. A study by the Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), drew upon the experiences of 183 individuals who were abused as children in religious institutions, or by clergy or church staff in other settings.’

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The Independent, 30th May 2019

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Church statements on Bishop George Bell – Law & Religion UK

Posted January 25th, 2019 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Today, 24 January 2019, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the National Safeguarding Team issued statements following a ruling by Timothy Briden, a senior ecclesiastical lawyer, relating to fresh information received about the late Bishop George Bell. The core group took the view that there were no safeguarding issues arising out of the fresh information and Mr Briden concluded that the allegations presented to him were unfounded.’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th January 2019

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Bishop George Bell abuse allegations ‘unfounded’ – BBC News

Posted January 25th, 2019 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Further allegations against the late Bishop of Chichester George Bell are “unfounded”, a Church of England (CofE) appointed lawyer has ruled.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2019

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Independent Case Review – Oxford Diocese – Law & Religion UK

Posted December 12th, 2018 in Church of England, clergy, disciplinary procedures, news by sally

‘Today, 12th December, the Diocese of Oxford has issued the following Press Release on the establishment of an Independent Case Review of the diocesan safeguarding response to allegations of spiritual abuse in the case of the Revd Tim Davis.’

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Law & Religion UK, 12th December 2018

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Child abuse inquiry: School ‘reputations put before victims’ – BBC News

Posted August 10th, 2018 in child abuse, clergy, news, reports, school children, sexual offences by sally

‘Two leading Roman Catholic schools “prioritised monks and their own reputations over the protection of children”, a report says.’

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BBC News, 9th August 2018

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Peter Ball – legislation, then and now (I) – Law & Religion UK

Posted August 8th, 2018 in child abuse, clergy, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The public hearing of the Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) into the Peter Ball case study took place 23-27 July 2018; the IICSA investigated inter alia whether there were inappropriate attempts by people of prominence to interfere in the criminal justice process after he was first accused of child sexual offences. The transcripts of the proceedings and other documents are available here.

The hearing of this case study followed the earlier IICSA consideration of the experience of the Diocese of Chichester, 5-23 March 2018, where there had been multiple allegations of sexual abuse, and numerous investigations and reviews. Peter Ball was Bishop of Lewes from 1977 to 1992 and was translated to Gloucester in 1992, but resigned from his position in 1993 after admitting to an act of gross indecency with a 19-year-old man and accepting a formal police caution.’

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Law & Religion UK, 8th August 2018

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Is an ordinand in training an employee? Gabe – Law & Religion UK

Posted July 20th, 2018 in clergy, contract of employment, news by tracey

‘In Ms F Gabe v The United Reformed Church [2017] UKET 2204367/2012, the claimant was accepted to train for the ministry of the URC as a full-time student at Westminster College, Cambridge. She was given a grant and allowances amounting to some £11,000 a year; ultimately, however, she was not ordained. On successfully concluding the course at Westminster, a trainee minister receives a “leaving certificate” from the College which will generally but not inevitably lead to the Church’s Assessment Board, when it reviews matters, determining that the candidate is fit for ordination. The candidate then has up to three years to be accepted for ordination by a Pastorate and, once accepted, he or she will be ordained.’

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Law & Religion UK, 18th July 2018

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Church of England ombudsman to oversee sexual abuse cases – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2018 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, news, ombudsmen, personal injuries by sally

‘The Church of England is to establish an independent ombudsman to deal with complaints over its handling of sexual abuse cases, and will seek other ways of strengthening independent scrutiny of its processes.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2018

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Former church minister jailed for historical sex offences – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 13th, 2018 in child abuse, clergy, guilty pleas, press releases, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A former church minister has been jailed for historical sex offences committed over a period of 22 years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th April 2018

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Clerical abuse of spiritual power and authority: Penalty – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 27th, 2018 in Church of England, clergy, disciplinary procedures, news, penalties, tribunals by tracey

‘Our post on 12 March 2018 reported the announcement by the Diocese of Oxford that a two-year penalty had been imposed on the Revd Timothy Davis, following the recent penalty hearing, Decision of the CDM Tribunal, 8 December 2017, (“the Abingdon case”). The Determination of the penalty has now been published formally by the CofE and in this post we examine aspects of “clerical abuse of spiritual power and authority”, raised in this decision and in the evidence given to the IICSA hearing on the Anglican Church.’

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Law & Religion UK, 26th March 2018

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Gay priest Jeremy Pemberton’s discrimination appeal dismissed – BBC News

‘A gay clergyman stopped from becoming a hospital chaplain has lost his appeal over a discrimination claim against the Church of England.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2018

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Oxfordshire vicar who spiritually abused boy banned from ministry – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2018 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, disqualification, news, tribunals by sally

‘A Church of England vicar has been banned from ministry for two years after being found guilty of spiritually abusing a teenage boy.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2018

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Church accused of launching new ‘shameful’ attack on memory of Bishop George Bell – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 1st, 2018 in Church of England, clergy, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Church of England has been accused of launching a ‘shameful and foolish’ new attack on one of its most revered bishops, by making public an uncorroborated child sex abuse allegation almost 70 years old. The Church announced on Wednesday it had referred to the police a second claim of sexual assault made against Bishop George Bell, who died in 1958.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st January 2018

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Criminal allegations against the dead – Law & Religion UK

Posted January 24th, 2018 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, confidentiality, evidence, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘On 22 January 2018, the House of Lords debated the naming of deceased individuals against whom criminal allegations have been made, for which specific reference was made to the Carlile Report on the handling of the Bishop George Bell issue. This was particularly timely in view of the controversy that has arisen relating to the Church of England’s position relating to confidentiality.’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th January 2018

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Clerical abuse of spiritual power and authority – Law & Religion UK

Posted January 9th, 2018 in Church of England, clergy, disciplinary procedures, news, tribunals by sally

‘On Monday 8th January, the Church of England reported the findings of the Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Oxford in the matter of a complaint under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003 against The Reverend Timothy Davis, Vicar of Christ Church Abingdon, (‘TD’), in respect of the mentoring he provided to a 15/16 year old schoolboy (‘W1’) whose family were members of his congregation. The BBC reports that Church of England officials believed that this was the first occasion on which a tribunal had convicted a priest of spiritual abuse.’

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Law & Religion UK, 9th January 2018

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Abingdon vicar guilty of ‘spiritually abusing’ boy – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2018 in Church of England, clergy, disciplinary procedures, news, tribunals by sally

‘A Church of England vicar has been convicted by a tribunal of spiritually abusing a teenage boy.’

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BBC News, 8th January 2018

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Church apology over Bishop George Bell abuse inquiry – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2017 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, news, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Church of England has apologised to the relatives of a bishop for the way it investigated child abuse claims made against him decades after his death.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2017

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Priest jailed for child abuse images lived on scandal-hit Caldey Island – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2017 in child abuse, clergy, indecent photographs of children, news, Wales by sally

‘A priest who was jailed for downloading hundreds of pictures of child sexual abuse is the latest offender to be identified as having close links with the monastic island of Caldey, which is at the centre of a growing scandal.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2017

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Ex-priest Laurence Soper guilty of sexually abusing boys – BBC News

Posted December 7th, 2017 in clergy, extradition, news, sexual offences by michael

‘Laurence Soper, 74, was extradited to face 19 charges of indecent and serious sexual assault against 10 former pupils at the independent St Benedict’s School in Ealing, where he taught.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2017

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