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Church of England response to IICSA’s report

Press release from the Church of England

Church of England response to IICSA’s report
27/06/2019

The Church of England has published today its response to IICSA’s report on the Chichester diocese and Peter Ball case studies. This is ahead of next week’s wider IICSA hearing on the Anglican Church in England and Wales.

The timetable for the first week of the IICSA hearing on the Anglican Church in England and Wales is available here.

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Are the hearings going to be live streamed again? If so the link would be helpful. Thank you.

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B10 of the IICSA Report concerns the Bishop Bell case. Does the Church make any Recommendations? Silly question really.

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Richard W. Symonds

The Church powers-that-be just don’t seem to get it. After four long years they just don’t understand – or don’r want to understand – the serious consequences to their blind ineptitude and moral and legal bankruptcy. The Church is simply unfit to govern its own affairs when it comes to Safeguarding both children and vulnerable adults from abuse. It is with deep sadness I say this.

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Richard W. Symonds

IICSA Report – B.10: George Bell 455. In his Report, Lord Carlile also observed that the Core Group did not include a representative for Bishop Bell. We agree that the Group should always have the benefit of an advocate for the accused. As Canon Dr. Rupert Bursell QC remarked in his evidence about the difficulty of managing posthumous allegations, “There is a duty of fairness in relation to the person who is deceased and is accused…one almost needs a devil’s advocate to act on behalf of the deceased person” [Note: Dr Bursell will be at the IICSA hearing next Thursday… Read more »

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Martin Sewell and I have written to the two archbishops asking them to direct the addition to the Synod agenda (pursuant to their powers as joint presidents under Standing Order 4(3)), a motion in the following terms: “This Synod welcome the terms of the Diocese of Blackburn ‘Ad Clerum’ letter dated 17th June 2019, reflecting on the IICSA report, dated May 2019, on Chichester Diocese and Peter Ball, and commend its victim-centred approach to all in authority within the Church as a suitable model for developing reconciliation with those who have been wronged by our sins of commission and omission.”… Read more »

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Am I the only person rather alarmed that this document gets the law wrong not once but twice on PTO? Canon C 8 allows occasional ministry in *any* diocese if a person has PTO in any other Diocese.

And later on, PTO is not a licence.