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Finding the Crown Nominations Commission leaker

The Dean of St Albans, the Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, has written a letter to the Editor of the Guardian.

The text of the letter is at Church should track down source of leak. It concludes:

…Following Colin’s death and the publication of this memorandum, the journalist who received the leak was honourable enough to publish a statement that Colin was not his source. The archbishop of Canterbury set up the Fritchie inquiry with alacrity when it was suspected that Colin Slee was the leaking member of the CNC. It would be good to know that steps are being taken to identify the real culprit and ensure that he will not be involved in nominating the new archbishop or in any further appointments.

There is a news article about it, see Stop Church of England leaks before choosing archbishop, says gay cleric by Matthew Taylor.

…An inquiry into the 2010 leak was carried out by Lady Fritchie, a crossbench peer, but its findings were never published. A Church of England spokesman said on Sunday the report was never intended to be made public and was “a private document for the archbishop and CNC members”.

The spokesman added that there were no plans to start a fresh investigation into the 2010 leak. “In these sorts of situations anyone on a committee could theoretically have spoken to a third party who then passed it on. That means we are talking about potentially hundreds of people,” he said…

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Martin Reynolds
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Martin Reynolds

It must be obvious to all that the “he” in the Dean’s letter is already widely known.

Equally obvious is that “he” has not done the “honourable thing” and gone quietly.

Now, as the wagons circle, the question is – Will they get his scalp?

Lois Keen
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Lois Keen

I find transparency the only true way to go on an institutional basis, especially the church.

Pluralist
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Er, so, potentially hundreds of people could work it back to the leaker on the committee.

Lapinbizarre/Roger Mortimer
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Lapinbizarre/Roger Mortimer

It will be interesting, given objections to an individual apparently holding opinions recorded as have been stated by Glynn Harrison holding a prominent slot on the commission to select the new archbishop, to see how this plays out, particularly given that Jonathan Wynne-Jones, the Telegraph reporter who broke the leaked Jeffrey John/Southwark story two years ago, has specifically stated that the Crown Nominations Commission leaker was not, as some insinuated at the time, Colin Slee, the dean of Southwark. In revealing this, Wynne-Jones added that “there was great hypocrisy from some of those most upset by the disclosure, with one… Read more »

Craig Nelson
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Craig Nelson

The process of selecting the next ABC does need to retain integrity. The identity of the leaker is known to ‘himself’ (and some others). There is a serious lapse of ethics involved here – the leaker should resolve the matter themselves by withdrawing – on whatever grounds they may wish to select. It’s very troubling, coming as it does after the furore over some of the things said and done by Prof Glyn Harrison we can see the process is being mired in multiple controversies. I think it would be necessary for both the leaker and Prof Harrison to withdraw… Read more »

Fr John Harris-White
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Fr John Harris-White

Maybe I am being too simplistic in my thinking, but I cannot help feeling that many of the folk of the conservative evangelical variety have no ethics when it comes to achieving their own agenda. They have got themselves in various positions both within Lambeth, and the churches committees, and use any means to achieve their aims.
Lets hope and pray that their legal action against Boris and others will reveal their names, and with it their unchristian actions.

They are certainly not mainstream Anglicans as they claim.

Fr John

Joe
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I think there is a problem with the constitution of the Crown Nominations Commission. I was going to suggest that synod members put forward a motion to have make their own enquiries into the leak. I had also thought that they would have had a legal governance resposibility to govern every body they had set up and that they had a particular responsibility to ensure that one of its own committees/commissions had acted properly. I hope that’s still the case — but even though the CNC is a creature of General Synod (it is governed by standing orders of General… Read more »

Spirit of Vatican II
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Spirit of Vatican II

When it comes to transparency, you can’t beat the RCC. Here is what, according to the Sunday Times, an 84 year old Irish theologian, secretly silenced by the Vatican, wrote to his superior: “It has been made clear to me that if news of the curia’s disciplinary measures become known to the media, I will be immediately stripped of my priesthood.”

Ian Black
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Ian Black

If the name of the leaker is ‘widely known’ why not cut out all this messing around and if you are that confident publish the name on the net and wait to be sued. Presumably those in the know are confident that they won’t be!

Dan BD
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Ian: I suspect it comes down (as so many things do) to power. Those who are ‘in the know’ prefer to keep their cabal – to go public would rob them of their precious “feeling special”.

I know teenagers with more class.

Anthony Archer
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Anthony Archer

The operation of the Crown Nominations Committee has improved over recent years but it remains the case that with any body making confidential deliberations about a public appointment there will always be those outside the process (notably the press) who try to pierce the veil of secrecy before the nomination is announced, expecially when the vacancy is Canterbury. If ‘leaks’ occur, it is inevitably damaging to the ‘candidates’ concerned. As to the accountability of the CNC to the General Synod, it has on occasions made a report of its work and Synod members have the opportunity to ask questions of… Read more »

Father David
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Father David

How we do love Byzantine machinations within the Established Church! There was a gap of 23 years before the Osborne Report was eventually published perhaps a similar length of time may elapse before the publication of the Fritchie Enquiry? Although by identifying the gender of the leaker the Dean of St. Albans has partially outed him. In an interview published in LEADERSHIP TRUST Baroness Rennie Fritchie said – “It’s like the story of the princess and the pea, so long as you know the root of the unease you can act, if you ignore it, it will get bigger and… Read more »

Perry Butler
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Perry Butler

I imagine the six members from the Canterbury diocese will not necessarily know the candidates well, so interviews will be important for them. +Rowan is much loved here in the diocese for his teaching ministry and his pastoral visits to parishes which couldnt be faulted..in that area he will be a very difficult act to follow.Some candidates will surely be just names to the Canterbury reps. This time round, with six diocesan reps their votes will be all the more important especially if they end up voting as a bloc. One of the reasons +Chartres went from Stepney to London… Read more »

Susannah
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Susannah

Anthony, I should have thought the process, leading to selection and appointment, would benefit from extended interview time and conversation, on the ways the appointee would handle a range of challenges that are bound to be faced; on matters of spirituality; and simply to afford openness and space for God to work in the quiet of discourse, the interactions with grace of people with people. Ideally I’d suggest a whole day of conversation with each designated candidate, and a further day with all the candidates together, followed by a week’s retreat and prayer for the Committee. If we were appointing… Read more »