December 27 – Unpublished Letter from Martin Sewell [in response to The Argus “2016 in front pages][“He told me it was our little secret because God loved me” – Feb 3 2016]

Sir,

There will be many fair minded readers troubled and disappointed to see you reprinting a 2016 front page baldly repeating the highly contentious allegation that the late Bishop Bell was a paedophile.

Those who have followed the story will know that this conclusion was reached by a secret process, which failed to secure evidence from relevant witnesses, and which has never satisfactory revealed the basis for its conclusion.

It is not only those who knew him, or Church admirers who were disquieted by a conclusion reached with a lack of transparency and unaccountability Eminent lawyers, not least the author of the Influential Cleveland Report, which first exposed the injustices that arise out of shoddy investigative process, Baroness Elizabeth Butler- Sloss, have now been heard by the Church of England, which has established an independent review under the Chairmanship of Lord Alex Carlile who has assured us all that he will bring his customary intellectual rigour to his work.

It may be technically accurate to re-print the original headline: it would however, be fair to give equal prominence to the establishment of such a high level review to ensure that justice will be seen to have been done.

Martin Sewell
8 Appleshaw Close
Gravesend
DA11 7PB

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