Thursday, 17 March 2016

Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse has preliminary hearing

Updated again Friday midday

The Independent Inquiry into Child Abuse (IICSA) has begun hearings into church-related cases. For general background on why this government-initiated inquiry exists, see here and also here.

More about the Anglican aspect of this inquiry can be found here: Child Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church and this file contains the Definition of Scope.

The purpose of yesterday’s hearing is explained here: Preliminary hearings for the Anglican Church and Rochdale and here: Preliminary Hearing Note.

Media reports focus on the claim by Richard Scorer that one alleged victim of Peter Ball wrote to the then Archbishop of Canterbury in 1992 and was ignored. Lord Carey has said he had no recollection of receiving any such letter.

Telegraph Lord Carey might have delayed investigation into church sex abuse for 20 years, inquiry hears

Guardian Archbishop did not pass abuse claims to police, Goddard inquiry told

BBC Goddard Inquiry: Focus on CofE handling of abuse claims

Daily Mail Carey ‘held up inquiry into priest for 20 years’: Former Archbishop of Canterbury ‘failed to pass allegations of abuse to police after receiving a complaint in 1992’

Mirror Ex-Archbishop of Canterbury allegedly helped delay sex abuse probe into bishop for 20 years

Independent Peter Ball: Details of paedophile priest’s abuse delayed ‘because former Archbishop George Carey failed to pass on information’


Gavin Drake Church Times Justice Goddard opens IICSA investigation into the Anglican Church

Ruth Gledhill Christian Today Sex abuse public inquiry begins investigation into Church of England

David Henke and Tim Wood Exaro CoE finds one million pages of documents about child sex abuse

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 17 March 2016 at 10:59am GMT | TrackBack
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I lived and worked in Ireland (Republic) for almost 20 years before 2014. I witnessed the publication of the Ferns and subsequent reports, the wriggling and evasion of the Catholic hierarchy, the ‘mental reservation’ of Cardinal Connell, and the relief that was almost palpable when Archbishop Diarmuid Martin began to speak honestly. It seems that the CoE has learnt nothing from the Irish experience, with alleged evasions, withholding of publication, past payouts coming to light years later, allegations of people now bishops being in the know. The effect of the abuse scandals on the Irish Catholic church has been dramatic, though I can take you to towns in the Irish midlands where there are still more than 200 at daily mass—every day. But for us in the CoE, where such support is unimaginable, I suspect that these CoE sex abuse scandals will be hugely destructive of morale, reputation. and of trust in bishops. As an urban PP myself, I feel I must ready myself for more verbal abuse from passers-by, and more doorstep rants in the wee small hours. This is quite the most depressing news of my 10 years in orders.

Posted by: Fr William on Saturday, 19 March 2016 at 9:39am GMT
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