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John Smyth review delayed – again

The following text has been added to the John Smyth Review page of the Church of England website.

Further update on timing of publication

To ensure the review is as comprehensive as possible and that the large volume of information submitted can be fully studied, it is now likely that the completion of the report will be mid-summer 2021 at the earliest. Following that, there will be a need to ensure that the report is legally sound and that people who may be directly referenced will have had the opportunity to comment on those references.

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Richard W. Symonds
Richard W. Symonds
7 months ago

“It still remains possible that the damage caused by these institutional failures has been so severe that the trust and respect for the Church held by society at large has been lost forever”

Stephen Parsons – Foreword – ‘Sex, Power, Control – Responding to Abuse in the Institutional Church’ [Lutterworth 2021]

Last edited 7 months ago by Richard W. Symonds
Jeremy Pemberton
Jeremy Pemberton
7 months ago

It is almost as if they don’t want this review to come out publicly at all!

Stanley Monkhouse
Reply to  Jeremy Pemberton
7 months ago

… or maybe not until after ABC has resigned, retired, or, as they say these days using a lily-livered euphemism, stepped down.

Anthony Archer
Anthony Archer
7 months ago

I posted the following on TA on 28 April 2020 when Keith Makin said he needed more time to complete the review: “The good news is that it seems Makin is faced with vastly more material than he imagined, from victims and survivors, and others with knowledge. This report will analyse and dismantle the abusive culture. It will also ask searching questions about why so many people who knew about Smyth did absolutely nothing, except heave a sigh of relief that he had left the country.” I have previously disclosed on TA that I declare an interest as a former… Read more »

Michael
Michael
Reply to  Anthony Archer
7 months ago

I hope the consequences are seismic and not the usual ‘lessons will be learned’. Whenever in the summer it is published, that will be during The Sabbatical, so the Dear Leader has a good reason not to be available for comment.

Janet Fife
Janet Fife
7 months ago

Once again the survivors who are most closely concerned are not informed of the delay until after the public announcement has been made. This isn’t good enough. How often do we have to plead for the interests – and feelings – of survivors and victims to be considered?

David Lamming
David Lamming
7 months ago

The ‘further update on timing of publication’ has clearly been added to be consistent with the following answer published yesterday to a question (Q.22) by General Synod member Kat Alldread asking for “the current projected date for the publication of the Makin review into the abuse committed by John Smyth?” The Bishop of Huddersfield (Dr Jonathan Gibbs) replied on behalf of the Chair of the House of Bishops: “The Makin review into John Smyth has received a considerable amount of new information, both written and verbal, which has all required careful examination and analysis. New sources of information continue to… Read more »

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