Comments: Ian Elliott criticises Church of England safeguarding

Just when one might have thought that it couldn't get any worse ...

And see also Peter Hitchens in his column today on Bishop George Bell: . Whether or not you like the Mail or PH it is excoriating writing.

Posted by Roger Antell at Sunday, 17 December 2017 at 12:37pm GMT

Re Roger Antell, thanks for the link to the Peter Hitchens article. 'Excoriating' indeed. The only thing missing is Hitchens shouting out "GET OFF MY LAWN'

Notwithstanding I take his point re the Carlile Report and the ABC's spin on the same.

Speaking of shouts, good for Hitchens for the shout for the film, The Man Who Invented Christmas, I expect Christopher Plummer will shine as always. Charles Dickens is one of the greats in the English Canon.

Posted by Rod Gillis at Sunday, 17 December 2017 at 4:39pm GMT

Alongside discrediting Bell after running a cold case investigation so bungled that to call it "amateur hour" would be undue praise, the CoE fails the very survivors it claims to care so passionately about. This should be no surprise: incompetence reigns, and those who consider one man expendable are the last people to genuinely care about victims. Injustice begets injustice.

Posted by James Byron at Sunday, 17 December 2017 at 4:51pm GMT

So the Archbishop and his team have not only been inept and uncaring, they have also deliberately misled survivors and the general public, and sought to discredit Elliott. As Carey lost his PTO after the Gibb report, I expect Welby to lose his after Elliott's review and statement, and Warner to lose as a consequence of the Carlile review.

Posted by Janet Fife at Sunday, 17 December 2017 at 7:51pm GMT

Whatever the merits of the Peter Ball case, PH's choice of writing for the Mail substantially undermines his case. The Mail's history, over many decades, of pillorying anyone who is not either posh or right wing, preferably both, makes anything published in the newspaper automatically suspect. If you really want to redeem Peter Ball, PH, get your work published in a publication we might believe (ie, not the Times, Sun or Telegraph either, for the same reasons).

Posted by Dr R Rowles at Sunday, 17 December 2017 at 9:11pm GMT

Dr. Rowles,
Are you perhaps confusing +George Bell with Peter Ball in your comment?

Posted by TJ McMahon at Monday, 18 December 2017 at 6:52pm GMT
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