THE Archbishop of Canterbury has said that he longs for the day
when the Church demonstrates that it realises that victims of abuse
are never the ones to be blamed. Writing on his website, Archbishop
Welby said that he had met a survivor of clerical abuse who was
still criticised by her community for coming forward. "The time has
come when, as a society, we say that those who are abused are never
at fault," he wrote.
THE deaths have been announced of the Rt Revd Michael
Scott-Joynt, Bishop of Winchester from 1995 to 2011, who died last
Saturday, aged 71; the Rt Revd Stephen Sykes, Bishop of Ely from
1990 to 1999, and afterwards Principal of St John's College,
Durham, who died on Thursday of last week, aged 75; and the Rt Revd
Mark Wood, Bishop of Matabeleland from 1971 to 1977, and later
Suffragan Bishop of Ludlow, who died on Sunday, aged 95.
Obituaries to follow.
IN A new poll, 58 per cent of those questioned believed that the
Government should abandon its target of spending 0.7 per cent of
GDP on foreign aid. Although one in two people said that they were
proud of Britain's commitment to aid, 69 per cent also said that
the money should be spent on alleviating poverty at home before it
was sent abroad.
A PRIEST has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment after
admitting asking children on an internet chat blog to assault other
children sexually. The priest, Vicar of St Francis's, Luton, the
Revd James Ogley, who is married and the father of young children,
had pleaded guilty to seven charges of publishing obscene material
at Luton Crown Court on Wednesday. He was suspended from his
dutiesas a priest after his arrest in January last year. A
statement from the diocese on Wednesday said that the Bishop of St
Albans, Dr Alan Smith, "may now impose an appropriate penalty under
the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003".
THE international director of Barnabas Aid International, Dr
Patrick Sookhdeo, has denied allegations of sexual assault and
witness intimidation. He was charged with sexual assault in May,
and with two counts of witness intimidation in July. He will go on
trial on 16 February at Swindon Crown Court. Barnabas Aid
International is part of the Barnabas Fund, a charity dedicated to
supporting Christians facing persecution.
THE Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, who chairs the
Church of England safeguarding board, has expressed concern about a
delay in the government inquiry into historical child abuse, to be
led by the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf. The
Daily Mail reported that, at a conference on safeguarding
held last month, Bishop Butler said: "Given her very heavy duties
as Lord Mayor, it is hard to see how the inquiry will be able to
get under way until late November at the earliest. This is an
unfortunate delay, since the initial announcement was made in early
July. It has already led to concerns being expressed about files'
being shredded in government departments and elsewhere."