Comments: BBC challenges accuracy of Chichester sex abuse report

How can it be that any priest, convicted of abuse against a child, is given a licence to continue to officiate at all on retiring when an earlier conviction becomes known and when there has been a major enquiry into the priests activities? Wallace Benn has been accused of serious errors. He clearly didn't take the issue of abuse seriously. No doubt he was busy 'converting England'. Another reason for him to resign now rather than next year?

Posted by Richard Ashby at Thursday, 14 July 2011 at 9:42pm BST

Well, it seems that we have the same problem over here on our side of the pond:

http://www.livingchurch.org/news/news-updates/2011/7/13/civil-lawsuit-casts-wide-net

and

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/06/23/2971390/former-leader-of-boys-choir-at.html

If a priest must be told to restrict his/her ministry to a particular demographic, then the priest in question can no longer be seen as a walking sacrament and should therefore be removed from ministry. The same ought to go for a bishop, regardless of his or her politics, who accepts into, or maintains such a person in, their ministry.

Posted by guyer at Thursday, 14 July 2011 at 10:16pm BST

Wallace Benn is a God fearing and very decent Christian man, on the forefront of saving the Church of England from the worst excesses of the pink revolution and feminism. Don't be too hard on him, and remember he grew up in the Plymouth Brethren.

He just got confused.

Posted by Robert ian Williams at Friday, 15 July 2011 at 8:33pm BST

Robert Ian Williams: 'Wallace Benn is a God fearing and very decent Christian man, on the forefront of saving the Church of England from the worst excesses of the pink revolution and feminism. Don't be too hard on him, and remember he grew up in the Plymouth Brethren. He just got confused.'

Never mind his antecedents. He's (now, and has been for 14 whole years) also an extremely partisan Area Bishop of Lewes who ought to be spending more time tending the flock at the eastern end of Chichester diocese than he does - and more than anyone needs - in saving the Church from militant pinks and so-called feminists. Maybe then he wouldn't have become so confused about who said what and to whom under his nose and into his ear. It's not rocket-science when you hear a little bell tinkling in the background, or even a siren!

I cannot for the life of me understand why +Eric Kemp had him appointed. Famous now for being distracted while Lewes burned, as well as for his refusal to wear a mitre. Ner, don't be a C of E bishop then.

The chance afoot for the CNC, the PM and HM to swing the Chichester ship into the 21stC in 2012, even if with 2 decent Evangelical appointments. They will then have their non-juring bishop in Horsham, and all will be well with the other lot who can't cope with women priests - who are neither feminists nor pink revolutionaries, just old queens.


Posted by Peter Edwards at Saturday, 16 July 2011 at 2:43am BST

Peter can be assured that there will be many of us in the Chichester diocese doing all we can to ensure that the character of the episcopacy here is fundamentally changed. I hope that those outside it, concerned about the future of our Church of England here, will help us.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Saturday, 16 July 2011 at 9:35am BST

It looks like Wallace Been should have spent a little more time supervising his clergy and a little less time fighting ideological wars.

Posted by JPM at Saturday, 16 July 2011 at 4:42pm BST

The interesting thing about Wallace is that he is concerned about orthodoxy in the Church of England, but was prepared to turn a blind eye to diocesan bishops, who pretended to offer the Mass, prayed for the dead and to the Saints.

As for wearing a mitre, no Church of England Bishop did so, until the late nineteenth century.
The first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury to wear one was at the 1937 coronation.It is still not compulsory for a Church of England bishop to wear one.

Only two of the Church of Ireland episcopate wear one.. and they are the first to do so.

Posted by Robert ian williams at Saturday, 16 July 2011 at 5:34pm BST

"He just got confused." Him and so many bishops in your own church, RIW.

Posted by Lapinbizarre at Sunday, 17 July 2011 at 4:22am BST

Appointments werent +Eric Kemp's strong suit.Think of Peter Ball to Lewes..like Mr Cameron, he must have been warned! No doubt there have been other poor / odd appointments. Time for a change I would hope. Interesting stuff on the Anglo-Catholic blog ( via theugleyvicar) about +Chichester and some other "conservative" bishops having a meeting with the Pope and speculation by William Tighe that Bp Hind might cross the Tiber after retirement.

Posted by Perry Butler at Monday, 18 July 2011 at 11:29am BST

In the light of the following report from the Telegraph in 2009 I think that many of us expect John Hind to cross the Tiber on retirement.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/6424562/Senior-Anglican-bishop-reveals-he-is-ready-to-convert-to-Roman-Catholicism.html

Posted by Richard Ashby at Monday, 18 July 2011 at 12:51pm BST

I wouldn't be too surpised if Rowan williams converted as well....once he retired!

That sticks in my craw.. waiting to retire, to join the Catholic Church.

Posted by Robert ian williams at Tuesday, 19 July 2011 at 6:56am BST

The bishops who covered up should be taken to court and a real police investigation be done. Until justice is seen to be done the victims cannot get on with their lives. I know from personal experience. Both C of E and R/C churches in Sussex have a lot to answer too.

Posted by Margaret salsbury at Tuesday, 7 February 2012 at 12:15pm GMT
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