The Bell Society Petition

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/justice-for-bishop-george-bell-of-chichester

JUSTICE FOR BISHOP GEORGE BELL OF CHICHESTER

RS

Richard W. Symonds

Campaign created by
Richard W. Symonds
JUSTICE FOR BISHOP GEORGE BELL OF CHICHESTER
1,980
of 2,000 signatures


TO: THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

(1) To call on the Church of England to allow a fuller investigation before considering the case against Bishop Bell closed. This includes re-examining the evidence against Bishop Bell.

(2) To ensure fair and just procedures are in place for the future.

Why is this important?

The Church has a responsibility to ensure fair and just procedures are in place so that evidence can be properly examined in any future investigation.

How it will be delivered

The Petition will be delivered in person to Lambeth Palace and/or a Bell Society Press Conference held.


REASONS FOR SIGNING

    • Anthony S. about 16 hours ago
      Innocent until proven guilty is a basic principle of law that seems to have been trampled on this case.
    • M S. a day ago
      Because as muslim, I am very upset with the concept of taking an unsubstantiated allegation and then the media portraying it as a fact. It is continuously repeated behaviour which is due to bad journalists.
    • Robert L. 2 days ago
      Because presumption of innocence is important.

UPDATES

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about 8 hours ago

ANTHONY S. COMMENT

“Innocent until proven guilty is a basic principle of law that seems to have been trampled on this case”

about 10 hours ago

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS – CHURCH OF ENGLAND POLICY

about 10 hours ago

“THE STALINESQUE DISAPPEARANCE OF GEORGE BELL HOUSE IN CHICHESTER”

a day ago

PART 1 – “SPOTLIGHT” FILM – DVD RELEASED IN UK TODAY – MONDAY MAY 23 2016

BURNEL COMMENT

The Vatican and Catholic church has been conspicuous in wanting to be seen to be doing something (reluctantly) whilst simultaneously hoping to brush it under the carpet and hoping it will all go away. If the statistics are correct, approximately 10% of Priests have been involved in abuse, so what the Church has done is the tip of a huge iceberg, a token gesture. They knew what was going on, but it was kept quiet, priests were moved, free to abuse again, others put on gardening leave.

Spotlight is an enlightening film that will open many otherwise closed eyes to the enormity of the problem. It is well worth a look.

a day ago

PART 2 – “SPOTLIGHT” FILM – DVD RELEASED IN UK TODAY – MONDAY MAY 23 2016

“The Catholic church often talks about this as pain that’s in the past,” says Spotlight’s co-screenwriter, Josh Singer. “I think the survivors would tell you they’re less interested in the church trying to make amends and more interested in the church protecting children in the future.”

a day ago

PART 3 – “SPOTLIGHT” FILM – DVD RELEASED IN UK TODAY – MONDAY MAY 23 2016

The Spotlight team had identified 12 priests who they knew had been implicated in child sex abuse. They wanted to get the names out there, but Baron told them to hold their fire and aim for the bigger target: the Catholic church itself. “Would an editor have that sort of restraint now?” asks Singer. “As opposed to just throwing what you have up on the web? If you’d just run those names it would have been a he-said-she-said with every single one. Instead of talking about the bigger story, which is the system.”

a day ago

PART 4 – “SPOTLIGHT” FILM – DVD RELEASED IN UK TODAY – MONDAY MAY 23 2016

Since the Spotlight investigation, the Vatican has moved to establish a tribunal to hear cases of bishops accused of perpetrating or covering up child abuse. Critics say its remit is foggy and its powers unclear. Pope Francis’s visit to Boston last September was marred by his comments the week earlier that US bishops had shown “courage” in facing the scandal. Survivors responded with anger and incredulity. Generally, it is thought that the church still has a lot to learn about transparency.

a day ago

PART 5 – “SPOTLIGHT” FILM – DVD RELEASED IN UK TODAY – MONDAY MAY 23 2016

“It’s been 13 years since we published our stories,” says Michael Rezendes. “So far, for survivors, there’s been a tribunal that hasn’t taken any concrete action. Over the last 10 years the Vatican has defrocked something like 850 priests and sanctioned maybe 2,500 more. But in terms of policy, there has been very little systemic change.”

a day ago

PART 6 – “SPOTLIGHT” FILM – DVD RELEASED IN UK TODAY – MONDAY MAY 23 2016

“SURVIVORS NETWORK OF THOSE ABUSED BY PRIESTS” (SNAP)

a day ago

PART 7 – “SPOTLIGHT” FILM – DVD RELEASED IN UK TODAY – MONDAY MAY 23 2016

ABUSE SCANDALS IN ENGLAND (LISTED AT END OF FILM)

London
Manchester
Middlesbrough
Preston
Reading

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