Cleanse, don’t close, the Titus Trust

May 28, 2020 by

by Julian Mann, Anglican Ink: Now that the Iwerne camps at which the serial abusers John Smyth and Jonathan Fletcher groomed their victims are closing, should the evangelical Christian organisation running the holidays since 1997, the Titus Trust, close as well? Because the victims of Smyth’s savage beatings made disclosures to various current clergy in the Church of England with former Iwerne dormitory officer, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby hearing of the abuse in 2013, its...

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Iwerne Christian camp to close following historical abuse

May 21, 2020 by

by Cara Bentley, Premier: The Christian camp which has had its name tainted by the abuse of former leader John Smyth is to close this summer. The camp was for boarding school pupils and prep schools in the South of England and is one of four camps run by the Titus Trust. The schools eligible will now be invited to attend other Titus Trust camps. This has come following an extensive, year-long review which the trust said has been “informed by detailed feedback from school teachers and...

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Why are we placing high-risk trans sex offenders in women’s prisons?

May 11, 2020 by

by Julie Bindel, UnHerd: Female prisoners are some of the most vulnerable and disenfranchised women on the planet. Most have suffered some type of male violence and end up in prison as a result of chaotic behaviour and substance abuse, which stems from childhood sexual abuse and neglect. Disproportionate numbers have been through the care system. The women’s estate is the poor relative of the men’s, with far fewer resources. Why was the first dedicated wing set up to contain high-risk sex...

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Comment on ‘Surviving Church’ about Iwerne

Apr 6, 2020 by

by Julian Mann: When I was involved in Iwerne first in 1979 as a school boy and then as a student in the 1980s, I remember singing this chorus: ‘At the Cross of Jesus pardon is complete/Love and justice mingle/Truth and mercy meet/Though my sins condemn me Jesus died instead/There is full forgiveness in the blood He shed.’ This is the doctrine of substitutionary atonement which the Book of Common Prayer presents with its ‘full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for...

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Titus Trust settles with abuse victims at Christian holiday ‘bash camps’

Apr 5, 2020 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: Boys’ lives were blighted after sadistic beatings by John Smyth more than 40 years ago, successor group admits… …The Titus Trust has expressed “profound regret” for the abuse carried out by John Smyth QC and has apologised for “additional distress” caused by the way the trust responded to the allegations. The abuse scandal at the so-called “Bash camps” in the 1970s and 80s embroiled Justin Welby, who is now the archbishop of Canterbury, and who worked...

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Jonathan Fletcher lessons learnt review continues despite coronavirus outbreak

Mar 27, 2020 by

from Christian Today: A lessons learnt review into allegations of spiritual abuse against retired Church of England priest Jonathan Fletcher is continuing in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. Independent safeguarding charity Thirtyone:eight is making a final call for anyone to come forward with information concerning the accusations against the former vicar of Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon. The review is being carried out by Thirtyone:eight on behalf of Emmanuel Church after Fletcher was accused...

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