Benn faces discipline charge

17 November 2011

by Ed Beavan

THE Bishop of Lewes, the Rt Revd Wallace Benn, is facing charges under the Clergy Dis­cipline Measure, it has emerged.

In a statement, the diocese of Chichester said that it was “aware that the diocesan in­dependent safeguarding advisory group has made a complaint to the Archbishop of Canterbury” concerning Bishop Benn.

It said that the matter now rested with the Arch­bishop of Canterbury’s office, which would make a decision about whether to proceed with the disciplinary process.

Earlier this year, Bishop Benn and the Bishop of Chichester, Dr John Hind, issued an apology over “weakness in our implemen­tation of our procedures” over the handling of cases of child abuse involving two priests in the diocese, the Revd Roy Cotton and the Revd Colin Pritchard.

A BBC report said that there were in­accuracies given by Bishop Benn to an inquiry into the abuse carried out by Lady Butler-Sloss; the diocese of Chichester, how­ever, has denied that this claim undermined the investigation (News, 22 July).

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