Thinking Anglicans

Looking ahead to IICSA report on Tuesday

Updated

The Church Times has reported on the open letter published on Friday: see Archbishops pledge to act on IICSA report.

Surviving Church published this article by Gilo Looking ahead to IICSA report day on Tuesday.

By no means a comprehensive list. Just a brief visit across a number of things we may probably see further comment upon after the Inquiry makes its final Anglican report…

Gilo also was interviewed by the BBC Sunday programme (along with Bishop Jonathan Gibbs). Listen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000n4vy (25 minutes in)

For the first time The Church of England has announced a scheme offering financial support to abuse survivors. Emily [Buchanan] gets reaction from one survivor and talks to the Church’s Lead Bishop for Safeguarding, the Rt Rev Jonathan Gibbs, about how he hopes this will pave the way to a full redress scheme in the near future.

Meanwhile, the Bishop of Carlisle also made the news, but not in a good way: Bishop under investigation for giving paedophile Wiltshire vicar a reference.
Update: more detail here: Investigation after Bishop of Carlisle gives child abuse canon a character reference.

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Richard W. Symonds
Richard W. Symonds
16 days ago

Tomorrow [Tues Oct 6 at Midday] the IICSA will expose “a very English form of corruption” lying deep within the Anglican Church – and not before time.

Fr. Dean Henley
Fr. Dean Henley
16 days ago

What on earth was the Bishop of Carlisle thinking? As a rookie curate it would have occurred to me even 25 years ago that that wouldn’t be a good idea. Presumably the discernment process for appointing bishops looks for wisdom. What did Bishop Newcombe think would be the effect on the victims of this priest’s crimes knowing that a bishop of the Church of England was special pleading for him? Given the bishop’s experience of dealing with errant clergy and the appalling mess the CofE is in with regard to safeguarding matters it shouldn’t have taken a second for him… Read more »

God 'elp us all
God 'elp us all
14 days ago

I came across this review of Matthew Caminer’s book Curacies and how to survive them:

I wish this book had been available when I was a curate, training incumbent and Director of Ordinands. Its lively, conversational style makes it compellingly readable, and a combination of experience, research and pastoral wisdom results in plenty of practical insight and realistic advice. I warmly commend it not only to curates but also to anyone who has any kind of contact with them.

– James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle

https://spckpublishing.co.uk/curacies-and-how-to-survive-them

Lessons will be learned? One wonders. Eyes rolling, or heads??

Anon
Anon
15 days ago

I’m deeply disappointed by the Bishop of Carlisle’s actions here. It sadly shows that the attitudes that put me at risk in the 90’s are still alive now. As others have said, we should expect wisdom from our bishops.

God 'elp us all
God 'elp us all
15 days ago

You couldn’t make it up. It’s a bit late to withdraw now, as the actress said …

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