“The approach to survivors is often a corporate model and this document supports that – it shows a church led by lawyers and insurers. You get the impression that these people are really their masters,” he [‘Joe’] said. “The Church will say ‘our hands are tied’, but they are paying the people who are tying their hands. They should say ‘we need to stop this nonsense’, but they wash their hands like Pontius Pilate.”
A Church of England spokesman said: “The Church of England published new guidance in 2015 emphasising that: ‘The pastoral response to alleged victims and survivors is of top priority, and needs to be separated as far as possible from the management processes for the situation, and from legal and insurance responses.’ That superseded all previous advice.”
~ “Church told bishops not to apologise to abuse victims”, The Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2016
Prominent Catholic journalist and writer, Dame Joanna Bogle will be addressing a Meeting of the Chichester branch of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ESBVM) on 6th August at 2pm at the Bishop’s Palace, Canon Lane, PO19 1PY.
The topic for discussion will be: ‘St John Paul, Mary and the Church. The Church’s Marian profile – a fresh approach’.
The talk will be followed by the ESBVM office and refreshments.
All are welcome to attend this free event. Anyone interested is requested to reserve their place with Bradley Smith either in person at the St Olav’s bookshop in North Street or via telephone on 01243 782790 or email email@example.com
“I’m sure ‘Carol’ – aged 5 – was sexually abused by a cleric within the grounds of Chichester Cathedral, but the question is : Was it Bishop Bell? I don’t think so, especially if the testimony of ‘Carol’ – now aged 70+ – is closely examined”
Richard W. Symonds
The Bell Society