I suspect most priests fully expect to be treated as guilty until proved innocent of false abuse allegations and thrown under the bus by bishops (and archdeacons) only concerned to cover their own arses by being seen to have ticked every (self-protecting) box, using the rhetoric of victim protection. I despair of the rotten, incompetent Church hierarchy, which needs wholesale reform and numerical reduction.
Dakingate has shone a valuable light into abuse of (too much) authority.
Sir, Why does the Church of England feel it is necessary to repent of 13th century edicts against Jews (News, Jul 13), when it was not in existence itself until the mid-16th century? It is right to express regret about such edicts, but it cannot apologise for something for which it was not responsible.
It would be more fitting if senior clergy would admit their guilt in those situations for which they are responsible. Their mishandling of a child sex abuse allegation against the late bishop George Bell is one example. Despite their conceding that there was a rush to judgment, there has still been no public apology.
It is always easier to make a general apology on behalf of others than it is to admit one’s own wrongdoing.
Ruth Hildebrandt Grayson Sheffield
“HOW CAN THE CHURCH ‘CALL OUT’ GOVERNMENT FOR LACK OF ACTION ON INJUSTICE WITH THIS BEAM IN OUR OWN EYE” – MARTIN SEWELL – ‘THINKING ANGLICANS’