Archbishop Welby Denounced by Bishop of Buckingham over Abuse of Boys in Summer Camps
by David W Virtue, VOL:
Pro homosexual Bishop of Buckingham claims evangelical theology is to blame. Canon Dr. Michael Green Repudiates Bishop Wilson’s theological claims
The Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt. Rev. Alan Wilson, says that claims made by Archbishop Justin Welby that he was ignorant of boys being abused at summer camps run by John Smyth do not hold up. The Archbishop vigorously denies any such knowledge. The bishop accused the Archbishop of lying, but declined to clarify his assertion.
Smyth, now 75 and living in South Africa where he campaigns on morality, was the head of a Christian charity, the Iwerne Trust, when he ran the holiday camps. The young Justin Welby was among the Christian young men who attended the camps. The camps were where public school evangelical Christians were sent if they were deemed to have potential as future leaders in the Church of England.
Smyth ran Christian summer “Bash” camps under the auspices of the Iwerne Trust and is alleged to have beaten as many as 22 boys who attended the camps over a series of years. The attacks only stopped when one victim, the author of the anonymous letter, attempted to commit suicide.
Founded in 1932 by the Rev. E.J.H. Nash, the “Bash” camps invited boys from Britain’s top 30 public schools to programs that sought to mold their character and worldview. Over 7000 boys have attended the camps, including many influential church leaders such as John Stott, David Sheppard, Michael Green, Dick Lucas and Justin Welby.
According to U.K. evangelist Canon Dr. Michael Green, there were no such beatings at Iwerne! “They occurred in a shed on his property in Winchester, and later in Zimbabwe.”