”The Inquiry will consider the extent to which any failings identified in relation to the diocese of Chichester and Peter Ball are representative of wider failings within the Church of England and/or the Anglican Church in general, and the nature and extent of any failings of institutions to protect children from abuse”
~ Professor Alexis Jay
“Chichester Cathedral’s shameful reputation for poor protection of children from abusing senior clergy and lay cathedral servants was acquired long after Bishop Bell’s death. This clumsy attempt to sweep the recent past under the carpet, by implicating Bishop Bell, suggests that all is still not right.
“But the great majority of people are not fooled, and the Diocese continues
to look foolish, much to the regret of many of its congregations, who find
it started the stone-throwing.
“One cannot but reflect upon the relative commitment to honesty and
balanced objectivity by Bishop Bell and his successors. The comparison is
uncomfortable to say the least”
~ Former Chairman of West Sussex County Council at County Hall Chichester