Comments: Bishop of Gloucester

It must have been a ghastly time for him.

Unfortunately, clergy especially are nowadays vulnerable to accusations that can come from anonymous sources however ludicrous. The clergy are then immediately suspended and suspected for what is often a prolonged period.

This is all getting out of hand but it is difficult to see what can be done to prevent such consequences in the current febrile atmosphere.

Posted by Concerned Anglican at Tuesday, 14 October 2014 at 8:19pm BST

I’m not aware of the police investigating anonymous accusations. It would be almost a waste of time without having somewhere from which to begin the investigating.

Perhaps you’ve not been molested yourself or had a close family member/friend molested by predatory priests. Child abuse is not a ludicrous matter.

Posted by Bro David at Tuesday, 14 October 2014 at 10:02pm BST

That, Concerned, is one of many reasons why clergy ought to join unions.

Posted by Dan BD at Tuesday, 14 October 2014 at 11:39pm BST

This is a difficult one.
Clerical abuse was/is devastating and destroying.
While police may not act on anonymous accusations, others do.
I guess Bro David has not been investigated following such an accusation , nor has he been arrested following a malicious accusation. I have seen these destroy individuals and families too.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Wednesday, 15 October 2014 at 4:33pm BST

Lets hope no one follows the "that he wasn't found guilty doesn't prove he didn't do it" line we are so used to.

Posted by Matt W at Thursday, 16 October 2014 at 3:22pm BST

If I remember earlier reports correctly, I don't think children were involved - even in allegations.

Posted by Susan Cooper at Monday, 20 October 2014 at 9:53pm BST

I now think that I was wrong, there was an under 18 year old mentioned.

Posted by Susan Cooper at Tuesday, 21 October 2014 at 10:06am BST
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