People interpreted the Church of England’s Press Statement on October 22 2015 as clearly stating it believed Bishop Bell was guilty of sexual abuse, as alleged by ‘Carol’:
The Church Statement was written in such a way as to make those who read and reported it to assume Bishop Bell’s guilt. And that’s exactly what the Media did assume, as their headlines made clear.
If the writer of the Statement had a different intention, then they only had to publish that immediately after all the headlines stating the Bishop’s guilt. But they did not.
It was the following year in which the Bishop of Durham was forced to say something different from that intended by the writer of the Church of England Press Statement – tucked away in a House of Lords debate which almost no-one reads on January 28 2016: