Trumpington pastoral-breakdown case

16 April 2008


From Cllr Robin Lunn
Sir, — I am writing to express my horror and dismay at the decision made by the Bishop of Ely in response to the flawed findings of a church tribunal in the case of the Revd Dr Tom Ambrose and the parish of Trumpington near Cambridge.

To object to a vicar and want him removed because he tried to remove some pews, install a lavatory, and use — horror of horrors — PowerPoint technology would be laughable, if it were not so serious. What this decision leads to is a potential undermining of clergy everywhere, with the resulting damage to morale and cost to the Church of having to defend this nonsense.

Nobody is suggesting that clergy who are guilty of unacceptable behaviour should not be removed; but, in this instance, Dr Ambrose and his distinguished wife seem to be the victims. They seem to have been subject to a campaign of denigration, which, coming from fellow Christians, is truly deplorable. I strongly admire them for making a stand, and wonder how many other clergy faced with similar behaviour have walked away.

It is also important to establish what pastoral care was offered by the diocese of Ely, and how the whole situation was handled internally. I cannot be the only person who is baffled that the matter was allowed to get this far.

I call on everybody in the Church to support Dr Ambrose for the sake of the bigger picture: ensuring our clergy receive the support and pastoral care they need when faced with wounding and unfair accusations.

General Synod member
10 Malthouse Crescent
Worcs WR7 4EF

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