Hugh Wyatt CVO
Rt. Rev. Dr Martin Warner
Bishop of Chichester
Thank you for sending me a copy of your statement to the Diocese on the
George Bell matter and Lord Carlile’s review.
You have plenty to say about “Carol”. You were “privileged to meet her”; you think “she is a woman of courage and integrity”; she behaved with “dignity and was not greedy”; and you had a “patient and generous conversation” with her.
But, as you admit, George Bell was found guilty by the Core Group. You also say “this was a Church matter”. You are correct – it was – and it failed to deal with the matter properly and fairly.
Many of George Bell’s supporters, some of whom including myself actually knew George Bell, think that the buck stops in Chichester and that you should be carefully considering your position.