Ordained former Post Office boss steps back from priestly duties after Horizon scandal

Apr 28, 2021 by

from Christian Today:

The former chief executive of the Post Office, who is also an ordained minister in the Church of England, has stepped back from priestly duties after 39 subpostmasters were cleared of fraud in a historic ruling on Friday.

The Rev Paula Vennells was ordained in the Church of England in 2006 and is an associate minister in Bromham, Oakley and Stagsden, Bedfordshire.

She has also stood down from her roles with Morrisons and Dunelm after the Court of Appeal’s ruling that saw the wrongly convicted subpostmasters cleared of cleared of theft, fraud and false accounting.

In what has been described as one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in British legal history, some 700 subpostmasters were prosecuted by the Post Office between 2000 and 2014, but it later emerged that the accounting shortfalls were down to its faulty Horizon IT system.

There are now calls for Vennells, who headed the Post Office from 2012 to 2019, to be investigated by the police and stripped of her CBE for services to the Post Office amid claims of a cover-up.

Read here

The Post Office – and a scandal that must never, ever be allowed to happen again by Charlotte Gill, Conservative Home

Read also: Rev’d Paula Vennells should be removed from the CofE Ethical Investment Advisory Group by Archbishop Cranmer

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