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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.

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I have no words. Even my go-to “Kyrie eleison” feels like it would pour salt on the wound…

Daniel Berry, NYC
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Well, at least they’re kicking the queers out.

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

James Byron
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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.