Sunday, 13 December 2015

Church of England criticised by survivor of sexual abuse

This week the Church Times carries a long article by Professor Julie Macfarlane of the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada about her experiences as a survivor of sexual abuse by a priest in England.

An abuse survivor’s tale

Today the BBC Sunday programme carried an interview with her. You can hear it in the last 9.5 minutes of the programme, here, from 34.5 minutes onwards.

This includes the reading out of a statement issued by the Church of England in response. There is also a discussion of the legal issues with Joshua Rozenberg.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Sunday, 13 December 2015 at 3:28pm GMT | TrackBack
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I have no words. Even my go-to "Kyrie eleison" feels like it would pour salt on the wound...

Posted by: JCF on Monday, 14 December 2015 at 5:27am GMT

Well, at least they're kicking the queers out.

Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC on Monday, 14 December 2015 at 3:55pm GMT

We must be grateful to Professor Macfarlane for bringing this matter into the open.

Posted by: Flora Alexander on Monday, 14 December 2015 at 4:09pm GMT

Agreed, Flora. Using the letter of the law to trample the spirit of the law: sure fits with the legalistic sinkhole the institutions of English Anglicanism have become.

English Anglicans, and everyone else who worships with the Church of England while in the country, deserve so, so much better.

Posted by: James Byron on Monday, 14 December 2015 at 7:11pm GMT
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