Channel Islands to move Church of England diocese

Oct 10, 2019 by

from BBC News:

The Church of England in the Channel Islands is set to become part of the Diocese of Salisbury.

The islands’ 500-year-old relationship with the Winchester diocese was changed in 2014 due to safeguarding concerns.

It followed a dispute between the then Dean of Jersey and the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester.

Winchester retained oversight and legal responsibility for administrative affairs with the Canterbury diocese taking over other areas.

A report into the relationship between the Channel Islands and the wider church has made seven recommendations, including updating laws about female bishops and safeguarding and appointing local lawyers to supply independent legal advice.

The ease of travel – with air links to Southampton and a ferry to Poole – and that the Salisbury and Winchester dioceses share legal services, allowing knowledge and experience to be retained, were among the reasons given for the move of diocese.

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