Ex-canon of Carlisle Cathedral Ronald Johns jailed – BBC News

Posted November 19th, 2012 in child abuse, clergy, news, sentencing, sexual grooming, sexual offences, victims by sally

“A former canon of Carlisle Cathedral, convicted of a series of child sex offences dating back almost 30 years, has been jailed for four years.”

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BBC News, 19th November 2012

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Child sex abuse inquiry damns Chichester church’s local safeguarding – The Guardian

Posted August 31st, 2012 in child abuse, clergy, inquiries, news by tracey

“An inquiry into child sex abuse by Church of England clergy in Chichester has found many children suffered ‘abiding hurt and damage’ because local safeguarding measures had fallen ‘woefully short’ for two decades.”

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The Guardian, 31st August 2012

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E v English Province of Our Lady of Charity and another – WLR Daily

Posted July 16th, 2012 in appeals, child abuse, clergy, employment, law reports, vicarious liability by sally

E v English Province of Our Lady of Charity and another [2012] EWCA Civ 938; [2012] WLR (D) 204

“In a case in which a Roman Catholic parish priest was said to have abused a young girl, and the question arose, as to potential vicarious liability, whether he was an employee, independent contractor, or in some other manner to be considered akin to an employee, the law as to vicarious liability was to be extended such that the question should be approached in a broader way, and also by reference to several tests, looking, inter alia, to whether the applicable status was akin to employment, and whether it would be just and fair to impose vicarious liability.”

WLR Daily, 12th July 2012

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Months of frantic lobbying expected as women bishops debate is temporarily stayed by Church of England – The Independent

Posted July 11th, 2012 in Church of England, clergy, ecclesiastical law, lobbying, news, women by tracey

” Supporters and opponents of women bishops are gearing up for months of frantic lobbying as a potentially historic vote which might have approved legislation today was temporarily stayed following an impassioned debate on the crucial issue.”

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The Independent, 9th July 2012

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Church of England meeting ahead of women bishops vote – BBC News

Posted July 6th, 2012 in Church of England, clergy, ecclesiastical law, news, women by tracey

“The Church of England’s ruling synod is meeting in York ahead of a planned vote on whether to allow women bishops.”

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BBC News, 6th July 2012


General Synod rejects women bishops compromise bid – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2012 in Church of England, clergy, news, women by tracey

“Anglicans opposed to the ordination of women bishops have been refused concessions they say would secure their place in the Church of England. The General Synod defeated a bid to increase the autonomy of male bishops looking after traditionalist parishes.”

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BBC News, 8th February 2012

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Rochdale sham marriage vicar John Magumba facing jail – BBC News

Posted December 14th, 2011 in clergy, immigration, marriage, news, theft by sally

“A Church of England vicar from Rochdale has admitted carrying out sham marriage ceremonies to allow illegal immigrants to gain the right to stay in the UK.”

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BBC News, 13th December 2011

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Priest who witnessed Iraqi detention could face prosecution – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2011 in armed forces, clergy, Iraq, misfeasance in public office, news, torture, witnesses by tracey

“The director of public prosecutions has been asked to consider bringing criminal charges against a Roman Catholic priest who was found to have witnessed the shocking condition of a group of prisoners in Iraq, which included Baha Mousa, who was tortured to death, but did nothing to raise the alarm.”

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The Guardian, 1st December 2011

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Church inquiry after official convicted of paedophilia – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 28th, 2011 in child abuse, clergy, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

“The Catholic Church is to launch a review of child protection across the South West of England after a religious official investigating child sex abuse allegations was convicted of paedophilia.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th October 2011

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Court to decide Catholic church liability for priest abuse – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2011 in clergy, employment, news by sally

“The Roman Catholic church’s liability for the wrongdoings of its priests is being tested in a high court hearing that could have a significant impact on clerical sexual abuse cases.”

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The Guardian, 6th July 2011

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Stoke-on-Trent Muslim sexual abuse cleric jailed – BBC News

Posted March 21st, 2011 in child abuse, clergy, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

“A Muslim cleric who sexually assaulted two boys at a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent has been sentenced to 16 years in jail.”

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BBC News, 18th March 2011

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Chaplain jailed for having sex with prisoner – The Independent

Posted March 15th, 2011 in clergy, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“A prison chaplain has been jailed for eight months after she had a sexual relationship with an inmate.”

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The Independent, 15th March 2011

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General Synod backs ban on clergy joining the BNP – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2011 in clergy, freedom of expression, news, political parties by sally

“The Church of England has backed draft legislation paving the way for a ban on clergy membership of the BNP – in spite of warnings about creating ‘martyrs’ to free speech.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2011

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Lawyer with 20 years experience suing paedophile priests in US comes to UK – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2011 in child abuse, clergy, law firms, news by sally

“A leading US litigator who has spent more than 20 years suing US-based paedophile priests and the church officials who moved them from parish to parish is joining a new legal practice dedicated to rooting out clerical sexual abuse in the UK.”

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The Guardian, 10th January 2011

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Court setback for Catholic child welfare society – The Independent

Posted October 26th, 2010 in child abuse, clergy, news, vicarious liability by sally

“A Catholic child welfare society which may face a multi-million damages claim over abuse at a school failed today to offload some of the liability.”

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The Independent, 26th October 2010

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Priest jailed for 21 years on child abuse charges – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 22nd, 2010 in abuse of position of trust, child abuse, clergy, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

“A former priest, James Robinson, who fled to the United States 25 years ago has been jailed for 21 years for the sexual abuse of young boys which began in the 1950s.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2010

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Draft law opens way for first women bishops by 2014 – The Sunday Times

Posted May 10th, 2010 in Church of England, clergy, news, women by sally

“The Church of England has paved the way for ordination of its first women bishops with new legislation that it hopes will prevent Anglicans splitting over the issue.”

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The Sunday Times, 9th May 2010

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Priest barred over intimate text messages – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2009 in clergy, disciplinary procedures, news by sally

“A priest has been barred from holding a licence after he admitted sending ‘sexual and intimate’ text messages to a teenage parishioner.”

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The Independent, 11th June 2009

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Defrocked priest squatting in vicarage given reprieve – The Guardian

Posted June 10th, 2009 in clergy, disciplinary procedures, news by sally

“A judge has denied the Church of England the power to evict a defrocked cleric who is squatting in a vicarage.”

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The Guardian, 10th June 2009

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Defrocked priest squatting in vicarage faces eviction – The Observer

Posted June 8th, 2009 in clergy, disciplinary procedures, news by sally

“Two Church of England bishops have begun legal proceedings to evict a defrocked cleric who is squatting in one of their properties.”

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The Observer, 7th June 2009

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