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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Caldey Island sexual abuse independent inquiry call – BBC News

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in child abuse, children, clergy, inquiries, news, sexual offences by sally

‘Victims of historical sexual abuse at a monastery on Caldey Island deserve an independent inquiry, a support group has said.’

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BBC News, 21st November 2017

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CDM Decision and Penalty: Re Huntley (2) – Law & Religion UK

Posted November 15th, 2017 in Church of England, clergy, disciplinary procedures, fraud, insurance, news, tribunals by tracey

‘On 1 November 2017, the Church of England Document Library posted Huntley 2, the Decision and Penalty of the Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Durham between Mr Andrew Thurston (Complainant) and The Reverend David George Huntley (Respondent). This followed the Tribunal’s earlier Decision, May 2016, and Decision (Appeal) and Order in August 2016, which concerned the same clergyman but on a significantly different matter.’

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Law & Religion UK, 15th November 2017

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Priest who stole dead parishioner’s disabled parking badge said he was telling the ‘gospel truth’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2017 in clergy, community service, costs, disabled persons, fraud, news, parking, sentencing by tracey

‘A priest who denied stealing a dead parishioner’s blue badge so he could park for free said he was telling the “gospel truth.” Father Bill Haymaker, accompanied to Hove Crown Court by his official clerical dog The Venerable Mr Piddles, was found guilty of stealing the badge from woman who had died two months before and then using it in his own car.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th september 2017

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“Misconduct in Public Office” revisited – Law & Religion UK

‘Publication of An Abuse of Faith – the independent report by Dame Moira Gibb into the Church’s handling of the Bishop Peter Ball case – prompted a number of comments concerning possible follow-up actions in relation to Lord Carey’s involvement.’

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Law & Religion UK, 30th June 2017

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Lord Carey quits Church of England role after report found he ‘colluded’ with sex abuse bishop – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 27th, 2017 in clergy, conspiracy, news, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has resigned from his post in the Church of England over a report that said he was among senior figures who “colluded” with paedophile bishop Peter Ball.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th June 2017

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Methodist minister John Price found guilty of abusing boys under hypnosis – BBC News

Posted May 17th, 2017 in child abuse, clergy, news, sexual offences by sally

‘A retired Methodist minister has been found guilty of indecently assaulting four boys he had tried to hypnotise.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2017

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Vicar who posted child sex fantasies through his neighbours’ letterboxes walks free from jail – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in clergy, indecent photographs of children, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A paedophile vicar who penned handwritten fantasy stories about child sex and posted them through neighbours’ letterboxes has been spared a jail sentence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd May 2017

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Anthony McSweeney case: Abuse priest failings found – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2017 in child abuse, clergy, news, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘Concerns raised about a Catholic priest later jailed for sexual assault were not acted upon or taken seriously by the Church, a review has found.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2017

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‘Insufficient evidence’ to charge anyone over baby’s death at vicarage – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 21st, 2017 in birth, child neglect, children, clergy, conspiracy, evidence, inquests, murder, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has said there remains “insufficient evidence” to charge anyone over the death of a baby boy at a vicarage.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th March 2017

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Dying man gives evidence with his eyes to help convict vicar who abused him – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2017 in child abuse, clergy, evidence, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘A former church chorister rendered immobile by motor neurone disease has been helped to fulfil his dying wish – to give courtroom evidence against his abuser using eye-tracking technology.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2017

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Hospital chaplain loses same-sex wedding discrimination appeal – The Guardian

‘A Church of England hospital chaplain has lost his claim that he was discriminated against when his licence to work was withdrawn after he married his same-sex partner, in a case that gay rights campaigners hoped would force the church to change its stance.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2016

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Bishop George Bell case: Lord Carlile to lead review – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, inquiries, news by tracey

‘An independent review into how the Church of England handled the case of a bishop accused of being a child abuser is to be led by Lord Carlile.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2016

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Court battle looms over priests’ right to pick pupils for Catholic schools – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in clergy, news, school admissions by sally

‘The Catholic church is taking the government’s schools admissions watchdog to the high court to protect the rights of priests to determine whether pupils are eligible for a place on the basis of their faith.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2016

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Catholic church could face multi-million pound payout as sex abuse case is heard – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2016 in child abuse, clergy, compensation, news by sally

‘The Catholic church could face a compensation bill of millions of pounds following a test case on sexual abuse at a former children’s home which opens on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2016

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McPhee v The Queen – WLR Daily

McPhee v The Queen [2016] UKPC 29

‘The defendant, a 17-year-old from Nassau, was arrested on a neighbouring island of The Bahamas on suspicion of murder following an armed robbery. He gave his mother’s phone number in Nassau to the police but no contact with her was established and no lawyer was called. After more than 31 hours in custody, during which time the custody log showed he had been taken from his cell several times but without any record made of his being questioned, a church minister in his mid-seventies was asked to come to the police station to witness the defendant make a statement. The minister did not speak to the defendant alone nor offer him any advice, but observed that the defendant was hungry and gave the police money to buy him a meal, after which the defendant made a written statement under caution confessing to the murder. Apart from the confession the only evidence against the defendant was that of another defendant who became a prosecution witness during the trial. At trial, the defendant claimed that his statement had been made following torture and so was not admissible. The judge rejected the claim of torture but did not consider whether the taking of the defendant from his cells had been for the purpose of informal interrogation, or whether the minister could properly be said to have been acting as an “appropriate adult” for the witnessing of a juvenile’s confession, and allowed the confession to go before the jury. The defendant was convicted of murder. The conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeal of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The defendant appealed to the Privy Council on the grounds, inter alia, that the confession should have been excluded under section 20 of the Bahamas Evidence Act as being unreliable, by reason of the defendant having been subjected to unrecorded questioning in the absence of a lawyer or appropriate adult and in any event should have been excluded as unfair under section 178 of the Bahamas Evidence Act.’

WLR Daily, 24th October 2016

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