Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing

Sep 18, 2019 by

by Jane Clark Scharl, Crisis Magazine: It was only a year ago that the Pennsylvania grand jury released its report on sexual abuse by priests. It was only a year ago that allegations broke about Theodore McCarrick and the network of sexual abusers who have infiltrated the highest levels of the Church. It was only a year ago that Archbishop Viganò’s explosive accusations of negligence on the part of Pope Francis seemed poised to shake the Vatican itself. It’s hard to believe. One year out, and...

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Five bad reasons for sex education and five things you can do about it

Sep 8, 2019 by

from Christian Concern: Communications Officer Rebekah Moffett lays out five bad reasons to teach LGBT sex education and five things you can do to speak up. As parents, teachers and campaigners from both sides of the sex education debate seem to be shouting their case, it can feel a little like, “he who shouts loudest, wins”. And currently, if you aren’t a supporter of lessons incorporating LGBT themes, it can quite quickly feel as if your voice is being drowned out among the noise. Generally,...

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Hundreds of grooming gang victims are suing Yorkshire authorities

Sep 8, 2019 by

by Chris Burn, The Christian Post: Hundreds of grooming gang victims in Yorkshire are suing the authorities that failed them when they were being abused. Seven Yorkshire councils are currently facing compensation claims from child sexual exploitation victims, while dozens of cases are being brought against South Yorkshire Police for its part in the Rotherham scandal. Using Freedom of Information laws, The Yorkshire Post has uncovered 212 outstanding legal claims against Barnsley, Bradford,...

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Clergy sexual abuse: why can’t the Church cleanse its own temple?

Aug 18, 2019 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: “The gross evil of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy would have gone unexposed had it not been for three principal agencies, all secular.” That’s the damning opening sentence of an article in The Tablet which raises so many complex issues of episcopal authority, ethical transparency and ecclesial accountability and that it’s worth reproducing in full: […] As with the Roman Catholic Church, so it is with the Church of England. There are a number of serving...

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Church of England to launch independent review into the John Smyth case

Aug 14, 2019 by

from Anglican Ink: Details of the independent review into the Church of England’s handling of allegations against the late John Smyth QC have been published today. Keith Makin, a former director of social services with more than 30 years experience in the social care field,  will lead the independent lessons learnt review which will consider the response of the Church of England and its officers to the allegations against John Smyth. Keith has led on a number of serious case reviews and has...

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“Shabby and shambolic” – the CofE still conspires against truth and justice in historic sexual abuse

Aug 2, 2019 by

by Martin Sewell, Archishop Cranmer: Anyone wishing the Church of England well might have hoped that the end of the IICSA hearing last month represented the nadir of its unhappy handling of victims complaints. Despite both Archbishops at last adopting the honest appraisal by the Lead Bishop for Safeguarding, that the handling of the Rev’d Mattew Ineson case was “shabby and shambolic”, Archbishop Sentamu declined to offer any apology to the victim, who was sitting in the room with him, even...

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