Justice for Bishop George Bell of Chichester

Apr 29, 2016 by

PETITION TO THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY: (1) To call on the Church of England to allow a fuller investigation before considering the case against Bishop Bell closed. This includes re-examining the evidence against Bishop Bell. (2) To ensure fair and just procedures are in place for the future. Why is this important? The Church has a responsibility to ensure fair and just procedures are in place so that evidence can be properly examined in any future investigation. How it will be delivered The...

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Drastic reform is the only way to save England’s churches

Apr 17, 2016 by

by Matthew Cooper, Appollo Magazine: Are England’s historic churches too big to fail? The Church of England has 16,000 parish churches. Among them are nearly half of all Grade I listed buildings nationwide. Many are managed by small rural communities, and a significant number have fewer than 10 people to make up rare Sunday congregations. Year on year the most vulnerable churches creep closer towards dilapidation and redundancy. Good news, then, that the Chancellor has announced the formation...

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New Bishop of Oxford is announced

Apr 12, 2016 by

From Diocese of Oxford website. The new Bishop of Oxford is to be the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Downing Street announced today. Bishop Steven succeeds the Rt Revd John Pritchard, who retired in October 2014 after seven years in post. Bishop Steven, who is 58, is currently Bishop of Sheffield, a role he has held since 2009. He serves on the Archbishop’s Council and Chairs the Ministry Council of the Church of England. He has been a member of the House of Lords since 2013. The Rt Revd Dr Steven...

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George Bell Group

Apr 6, 2016 by

We are an independent group whose members represent a concentration of experience in public life, in the fields of law, policing, politics, journalism, academic research and church affairs. This group began to meet in response to the 22 October statement issued by the Church of England about Bishop George Bell.  See this BBC report for the full story. We are now publishing our analysis of the way in which the allegation against Bishop Bell has been handled by the authorities of the Church. We...

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Former Bishop of Grimsby denies disgraced vicar’s sex abuse was ‘swept under carpet’

Apr 4, 2016 by

From Grimsby Telegraph. A former Bishop of Grimsby claims the behaviour of a disgraced vicar who subjected a child to sex abuse was not swept under the carpet when it was first reported to him. Stephen Crabtree, a former rector in East Lindsey, was jailed for three years by Lincoln Crown Court after admitting six counts of indecent assault on a 15-year-old victim. In court, it was said the victim had reported the offences to the then Bishop of Grimsby, the Rt Rev David Rossdale. Crabtree...

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Anglican bishop backs remain camp, praising EU’s peacekeeping role

Mar 26, 2016 by

by Jamie Doward, Guardian: Leading cleric’s defence of union is criticised by campaigners for Britain to leave and by secular groups. A Church of England bishop has become the first high-profile cleric to wade into the EU debate in an intervention that will give succour to the remain camp. The Right Rev Alan Smith, bishop of St Albans, has made an implicitly supportive argument for the EU and its enduring role in preventing conflict. Smith observed that the EU was born out of a search for...

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