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The presumption of innocence saves both bodies and souls in this civil war with ‘Identity Politics’.

Gavin Ashenden

Probably not many people know that in 1919, all the BoyScouts in Moscow, were shot. The following year, in 1920 all the members of the Moscow Tennis club were executed. They were executed because of identity politics. The belonged to the wrong class, and the wrong group and held the wrong ideas.

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May 15 2018 – Freedom of Information Request – Refusal by Police


Your Ref:   Our Ref: FOI 400/18 Date: 15/05/2018
Contact Name:   Tel. Extension: 545251 Telephone No: 101




Dear Mr Hitchens,


I write in connection with your request for information relating to the following;


Can you please supply details of the allegations made against the late Bishop George Bell, which were passed to you by the Church of England on January 2018, specifically what the allegations were, and where and when the alleged crime was said to have been committed. 


As your enquiries are complete and the Bishop has been dead for 60 years, I can see no legal or procedural bar to releasing this information.


Section 1 of the Freedom of information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties on public authorities.  Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at s1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified within a request is held.  The second duty at s1(1)(b) is to disclose information that has been confirmed as being held.  Where exemptions are relied upon Section 17 of the FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a) states that fact, b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) state (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.


The information that you have requested is held by Sussex Police.  I can however confirm your request has now been considered and I am not obliged to supply the information you have requested


Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires Sussex Police, when refusing to provide such information (because the information is exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which:

(a) states that fact,

(b) specifies the exemption in question; and

(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.


The exemptions applicable to the information refused are;


Section 30 (1)(a)(b) – Investigations and proceedings conducted by a public authority–a qualified class-based exemption that requires consideration of the following Public Interest


Test (PIT)


Factors favouring Disclosure

Disclosing information relevant to this request would lead to a better informed public improving their knowledge and understanding of the investigatory process and may encourage individuals to provide intelligence in order to assist with investigations and reduce crime, which could assist with the apprehension and prosecution of offenders. As all police investigations are publicly funded, disclosing information that is held would provide transparency with regard to the allocation of force budgets. This in turn would highlight where police resources are being targeted and the public are entitled to know how public funds are spent, particularly in the current economic climate.



Factors against Disclosure

Disclosing information that is held would prejudice how investigations are carried out in the future. This would hinder the prevention and detection of crime and affect Sussex Police law enforcement capabilities.  Confirmation would also undermine the partnership approach to investigations.


Police investigations are conducted with due regard to the confidentiality and privacy of victims, witnesses and suspects. Such investigations may also involve the use of policing tactics or techniques that, if widely known, would hinder the ability of the police service to prevent and detect crime. It is further recognised that the release of information, concerning current or closed investigations may compromise any subsequent partnership working..

For these reasons the police service will, in most cases, apply exemptions to prevent the release of information concerning investigations when requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.



Balancing Test


The points above highlight the merits of refusing disclosure of the information pertinent to this request under FOI Act 2000.  The Police Service is charged with enforcing the law, preventing and detecting crime and protecting the communities we serve.


As part of that policing purpose, various tactical tools may be used to gather information relating to high profile investigative activity.


On balance it is my opinion that the factors against disclosure outweigh those of disclosing the information sought under this Act


In accordance with Section 17(5) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.


For your interest I have shown below on demand press releases which may be of interest to you..


The following On Demand statements were available to any media enquirers from the dates shown. We did not issue any proactive media Releases.


30 January 2018; On Tuesday 30 January we received information from the Church of England concerning the late Bishop George Bell. The information will be assessed in order to establish what further enquiries need to be made. We are not currently adding more than that in our statement except to clarify that the ‘independent investigation’ referred to in the Church of England statement on 31 January, is not a police investigation and we are not part of it.


7 March 2018; On Tuesday 30 January this year we received information from the Church of England concerning the late Bishop George Bell. The information has been assessed in order to establish what further enquiries need to be made. The assessment involves some enquiries which are being carried out before the matter can be drawn to a conclusion. This is being done thoroughly and sensitively, and as speedily as possible, but we have set no specific timescale for completion.


20 March 2018; On Tuesday 30 January this year we received information from the Church of England concerning an allegation made against the late Bishop George Bell. The information was assessed and a proportionate investigation has been  carried out to clarify the circumstances. This was done thoroughly and sensitively, although of course further police investigation or action is not possible as Bishop Bell died 60 years ago. There are no current safeguarding issues.  The investigation was completed in March 2018. The matter is now closed as far as Sussex Police are concerned and the Church of England have been informed of this. We are not releasing any other information about our investigation.




Yours sincerely


Roger Brace

FOI Officer


To: Peter Hitchens

By: e-mail








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March 9 2018 – David Virtue – Viewpoints – VirtueOnline

THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND is reeling from one crisis to the next, with one never knowing how and where it will all end.

Here is the latest: The Church of England was warned by the Lead Bishop for Safeguarding, Peter Hancock, that sexual abuse crimes would be on the front page of newspapers and television for the next two years. This, after years of institutional neglect and lethargy. This week is perhaps the start of the purging of complacency, said one report.

The opening of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) into the deficiencies of the Established Church took the headlines, but other stories also arose. The poor handling of Fr Matt Ineson’s complaints against five bishops was featured in the BBC Inside Out programme, and the substance of it appeared on the BBC website. It was also covered by Christian Today.

Further stories are beginning to emerge which have not yet been published but will add to our institutional woes, said another report.

You can read the full story here:

It was learned that Archbishop John Sentamu ordered ‘no action’ against paedophile priest — leaving him to abuse again and then commit suicide.
You can read the full story here:

There were attacks on Lord Carey again with one headline that ran:
‘An Attack On Lord Carey Is An Attack On Us All’, Say Church of England Figures.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, 10 signatories including the Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, former bishop of Rochester, suggested that the former Archbishop of Canterbury was being targeted for his involvement in the Bishop Peter Ball case because of “what he represents of biblically faithful Christianity”.

The letter, also signed by Simon Rufus Isaacs, Marquess of Reading, who is a friend of Prince Charles, former bishop of Woolwich Colin Buchanan, and campaigner Andrea Williams of Christian Concern, says that similar high-profile cases have not resulted in prosecutions for misconduct in public office.

You can read the full story here:

But the week ended on a moderately high note when the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia visited the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at Lambeth Palace and discussed a range of issues including religious freedom for Christians in Saudi Arabia and the conflict in the Yemen.

In a statement, a Lambeth Palace spokeswoman said that Archbishop Justin was “encouraged” to hear about Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 roadmap. “The Crown Prince made a strong commitment to promote the flourishing of those of different faith traditions, and to interfaith dialogue within the Kingdom and beyond,” the statement said.

“The Archbishop shared his concern about limits placed on Christian worship in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and highlighted the importance for leaders of all faiths to support freedom of religion or belief, drawing on the experience of the UK.


Canadian blogger Samizdat wryly noted on seeing Welby bowing to the Saudi prince, “Welby may be pointing out to Mohammed bin Salman that his shoelace is undone; or warning him not to slip on a banana peel; or inviting the prince to inspect his head for lice.

“Or he might have been bowing.

“Welby is meeting with the Crown Prince to discuss Saudi Arabia’s “strong commitment to interfaith dialogue”, an idea so preposterous only an ex oil executive could take it seriously. The country renowned for beating critics of its leaders practically to death, that practices the most barbaric excesses of sharia law, that mutilates women because it is “noble”, has no Christian churches. None. Saudi Arabia is an Islamic theocracy, a nasty, brutish, despotism which does not tolerate the public practice of other religions. There is no “interfaith” because there are no other state tolerated faiths.

“In other news, next week Justin Welby will be meeting with Satan to foster reconciliation, begin interfaith dialogue, and persuade him to turn down the temperature in hell.”


February 20 2018 – Transcript about Bishop Bell – BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ – Saturday Feb 10 2018

Page 1 of 6
JW Justin Webb (‘Today’ presenter)
DB Desmond Browne QC
GB Bishop George Bell (recorded, speaking in 1957)
MB Martin Bashir (BBC Religion Editor)
Lrd C Lord Alex Carlile CBE QC, Independent Reviewer
AC Andrew Chandler (Bell’s biographer)
TT Bishop Tim Thornton, Bishop at Lambeth
ABC Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby
Starting at 08.37 and ending at 08.45
JW People who say they were survivors, or are survivors, of sexual abuse in
the Church of England are gathering in protest this morning against the
way their cases have been handled, but a lawyer who investigated one
case of alleged abuse against a long-dead bishop has told this
programme the Church is behaving like a dictatorial government. Lord
Carlile found failings in the way the Church investigated claims of abuse
against the former bishop, George Bell. BBC News has learned that the
Church has denied Bell’s family the chance to be represented by a
lawyer in a new investigation into… Here’s our Religion Editor, Martin
“Christ is the King, O friends rejoice…” (congregational singing)
MB The hymn, written by Bishop George Bell, who died 60 years ago, but
whose reputation is still the subject of contention between his
supporters and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
DB It won’t be resolved until there is an unequivocal acknowledgement that
Bell was an innocent man.
MB The barrister, Desmond Browne QC, who was baptised by George Bell.
“O magnify the Lord, and raise…” (singing)
GB “I’m in a new town, and speaking to you in a new church, one of the
newest in Sussex.”
MB George Bell, preaching in 1957. The former Bishop of Chichester’s
heroic reputation was first questioned two years ago when the Church
paid almost £17,000 to a woman who said she’d been sexually abused.
An independent review by the barrister, Lord Carlile, called the Church’s
investigation “inadequate”, and too willing to believe the accuser. The
Church accepted his criticisms, but the Archbishop of Canterbury said a
‘significant cloud’ was left over Bell’s name. I asked George Bell’s
biographer, Andrew Chandler, whether he had any sympathy for Justin
Welby’s predicament.
MB On the one hand he has scores of complainants, people who have
alleged that they’ve been victims of relentless abuse. At the same time,
he’s trying to respect the memory of a deceased bishop.
AC I do not accept that he has respected the memory of a long-dead bishop.
I think if a horde of Visigoths had been invited to trample on the
memory of Bishop Bell, they could hardly have done a more thorough
MB Ten days ago the Church announced it had passed fresh information
about George Bell to the police, but gave no further details, and said it’ll
hold its own new inquiry. The BBC has seen correspondence which
denies George Bell’s surviving family the chance to be represented by
the barrister, Desmond Browne. Church officials have instead chosen a
safeguarding expert. Lord Carlile says his recommendations are being
Lrd C The Church, in doing that, is behaving in a very peculiar way, rather like a
small dictatorial government deciding to go ahead in any way it wishes,
regardless of due process and the rule of law. It flies in the face of the
recommendations I made which the Church said it accepted, and I’m
afraid the Church has got to get a grip on this.
MB During his speech at Synod yesterday Justin Welby made only the
briefest of references to the issue of abuse.

ABC “Our approach to safeguarding needs culture change. Our renewing…”
MB Later this morning a large gathering of survivors will confront members
of Synod as they arrive at Church House. They’re angry about the way
the Church has handled their complaints of abuse. Bishop Bell’s
biographer, Dr Andrew Chandler, says the burden of responsibility now
rests at the very top.
AC I can’t think of any other Archbishop of Canterbury in modern times who
has become so deeply and so publicly embroiled in a debate of this kind,
and, in that sense, we are on new ground. And it’s very difficult to know
exactly where it might lead.
JW Well, that’s Bishop George Bell’s biographer, Andrew Chandler, ending
that report from Martin Bashir. We can talk to Tim Thornton, who used
to be the Bishop of Truro, is now the Bishop at Lambeth, who works
directly for the Archbishop of Canterbury. Good morning to you.
TT Good morning.
JW On that point about George Bell’s family being allowed to use the legal
representation that they choose, why shouldn’t they?
TT It’s not a question of whether they should or shouldn’t. Actually, in Lord
Carlile’s report he doesn’t actually make that specific point. What he
says is that there should be somebody who is appointed to speak out on
behalf of the deceased person who allegations have been made against,
and on behalf of any family they may have.
JW Yeah, and they’ve chosen someone and you’re saying they can’t.
TT No, that’s something that we have done. What your whole package
seemed to ignore is that people have come forward, very sadly, and
made complaints about behaviour that happened a long time ago.
JW Yeah.
TT What we’re doing is taking their voice very seriously indeed.

JW Can I just get this straight? The family want to be represented by a
barrister, whose name is Desmond Browne. May he represent them?
TT What, what we’ve done is set up a Core Group following new
information that came forward after the report done by Lord Carlile was
published. That Core Group has met, and at that Core Group was
somebody who was there to represent the deceased person in this case,
Bishop George Bell…
JW Yes, but they didn’t choose him, the family didn’t choose him. Why
shouldn’t they choose the person?
TT If you let me finish, the point I’m making is that that first Core Group has
to make a decision about whether the evidence that’s come forward is
credible or not. I think you’d accept with me, it’s completely wrong for
the family to be concerned about matters until the matters are seen to
be credible. It would be very wrong for us to go to the family of the
deceased person and raise an issue with them which then doesn’t need
to be looked into any further.
JW But surely they have some standing in this? They need to know what the
allegations are and have a say over whether they think they’re credible
or not, otherwise there’s no point in having the meeting.
TT They do, and that’s what we’re doing. We’re in communication with the
family. We’re taking that forward.
JW So you’re saying that, that what you’re doing is right, you’re sticking up
for it in spite of what Lord Carlile said, and they are not going to be
allowed to be represented by their own barrister?
TT No, what I’m saying is that we are taking Lord Carlile’s recommendations
very seriously, they are going through our processes, even before
they’ve done that, and it’s tragic, isn’t it, that some, some more
information has come forward since the publication of Lord Carlile’s
report, and we are taking the voice of the survivors and those who are
complaining very seriously. And in that process we are putting forward
somebody who will represent the voice of Bishop Bell, and I …
JW But not the person they want. That’s the point.

TT … and we will be in communication with the family.
JW Yeah. But not, it’s not the person they want? They’re not going to get
the person they want.
TT We shall be in communication with the family.
JW Is there still a ‘significant cloud’ over George Bell’s name?
TT It is very sad to say that further information has come forward and until
this whole matter has been resolved, I can’t say what will be the
JW But there is still, in your view, and that was the phrase used by the
Archbishop, wasn’t it, a ‘significant cloud’ over George Bell’s name, that
is still the position?
TT Yes.
JW He also talked about culture change, we heard that in the package when
he was talking to us. When he talks about culture change, what does he
TT I think he means that we all have to take the voice of the survivors in this
matter very seriously, that’s why the Archbishops of Canterbury and
York will be outside the entrance to Church House this morning at nine
o’clock, standing alongside the survivors who turn up, in silence thinking
and reflecting on the shameful fact that so many, sadly, senior church
people have abused people in the past. As the Archbishop of Canterbury
has made very clear on many occasions, this is something that really
does concern him, and he is ashamed to think of what we’ve done, and
therefore we have to listen very carefully to the voice of the survivors,
take seriously what they’re saying, and this morning, not just at the
protest that’s happening beforehand but at the presentation in Synod,
all members of General Synod will be hearing the voice of survivors.
JW And, alongside the voice of the survivors, must be justice towards those
who are accused, mustn’t it?

TT Justice for everybody involved in these horrendous processes.
JW Tim Thornton, Bishop Tim Thornton, thank you very much.
NR [Nick Robinson] It’s now a quarter to nine.

Feb 20 2018 – “Report of a Case Review by Edina Carmi commissioned by John hind, Bishop of Chichester in 2004” – The CARMI Report


Although this report is dated 2004 the purpose of publishing it now is threefold.  At the time, Serious Case Reviews were not generally published.  But pressure from some of the victims has grown, while society has changed greatly.  As recent events have shown, there is concern that child abuse was and is more widespread than anyone might have assumed.  

The report followed a long-standing period of child abuse involving Chichester Cathedral and its choir school.  There were several perpetrators, and the main one was neither a member of the clergy nor a teacher at the school, but a layman who had grown up in theCathedral close as a result of his family’s longassociation with the Cathedral.  He had a voluntary post at the Cathedral and was liked and trusted, as well as having a certain standing within Cathedral society.  For much of this time he had access to the School and its pupils through choir activities. The period of abuse ranged from the early 1970s to 2000, when he was charged as the result of one of his many victims going to the police.  

It is clear that at the time there was a culture (not confined to the Cathedral) which sought to protect the institution at the expense of the victim. Although training procedures had been put in place in the parishes in 1997, the Cathedral was slow to institute them.  As a result, traditional precepts such as requiring evidence of an incident, or refusing to consider anonymous information,were followed.  But under the child protection legislation, it is enough to have concerns about the welfare of a child, as the Children Act of 1989 makes the interests of the child paramount.  The change of emphasis took a long time to be comprehended: at the time it was perceived that introducing children to homosexual practices was more harmful than the abuse itself, with its lasting psychological damage.

The school seems to have had a clearer awareness of procedures relating to complaints of child abuse than did the Cathedral, although a complete change of Cathedral personnel and the implementation of proper procedures were subsequently achieved.  It was felt at the time that complaints could be dealt with in-house, whereas it is imperative in these matters that the safeguarding (child protection) officer of the institution be involved straight away. The result was that some dissatisfied parents took matters into their own hands and went to the police.   Another consequence was that the children were in general protected while at school, but when they entered the Cathedral precincts – where some lessons took place– safeguards fell away.   There was no joined-up supervision.  The articles of association of the school have now been changed to sever the dependence of the school on the Cathedral and to change the character of its governing council.

The chief offender was sentenced to 16 years in prison.  A number charged with lesser offences were also sentenced.  Some of them (‘lay vicars’ or adult choristers) were on release re-admitted to the Cathedralchoir and other church choirs, making their assimilation controversial because of the close-knit character of Anglican society in ChichesterThis was hard for victims and their families to acceptA second Chichester school was also involved and one teacher was convicted.

Some of the men who were practising Anglicans admitted their behaviour under the seal of the confessional.  The rule at the time was that confession was entirely confidential, but although this is still sothere is now pressure for change.  Current thinking is thatin such circumstances absolution should be conditional on the perpetrator reporting him (or her) self to the police.

This report fed the investigations which led to the later reports of Roger Meekings, Lady Butler-Sloss and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commissaries (following theVisitation).  The main emphasis of the above was on abuse by clergy within the Diocese of Chichester.  The Carmi report deals exclusively with offences by lay people in and around Chichester.

February 2 2018 – “Lord Carlile says new statement about Bishop George Bell is unwise and foolish” – Church Times

Lord Carlile says new statement about Bishop George Bell is unwise and foolish

01 FEBRUARY 2018


Lord Carlile


LORD CARLILE, who investigated the Church of England’s handling of the sex-abuse allegations against Bishop George Bell and found them wanting, has expressed his astonishment at the release of news about a new allegation.

On Wednesday, the Church of England’s national safeguarding team announced that it had received “fresh information concerning Bishop George Bell”. The statement gives no further details on the grounds of confidentiality, but goes on: “Sussex Police have been informed and we will work collaboratively with them.”

A key recommendation by Lord Carlile, who was commissioned to look into the way the Church had dealt with accusations that Bell had abused a woman, named as “Carol” when was a young girl, was that Bell’s name should not have been broadcast without a greater certainty of his guilt.

“For Bishop Bell’s reputation to be catastrophically affected in the way that occurred was just wrong,” Lord Carlile wrote in his report (News, 22 December 2017).

On Wednesday evening, Lord Carlile told The Daily Telegraph: “I am not privy to the information that is referred to in the Church’s press release. But I think it was unwise, unnecessary and foolish to issue a press release in relation to something that remains to be investigated, and which was not part of the material placed before me over the period of more than a year in which I carried out my review.

“During that period the review was well known, and it was open to anybody to place information before me.”

The Church’s statement goes on: “This new information was received following the publication of the Carlile Review, and is now being considered through the Core Group and in accordance with Lord Carlile’s recommendations. The Core Group is now in the process of commissioning an independent investigation in respect of these latest developments.”

In a covering note, the Bishop of Bath & Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Hancock, the Church of England’s lead bishop on safeguarding, writes of “ongoing queries and comments around the Bishop Bell case”. And he puts the Church’s statement in the context of the IICSA investigation into safeguarding in the diocese of Chichester, and the impending debate in the General Synod next week.

He makes no mention of a debate in Church House, Westminster, today, organised by supporters of Bishop Bell, which is aimed at “restoring Bishop Bell’s place in history”, and which is expected to be critical of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has declined to clear Bell’s name.

The safeguarding team’s statement reads in full: “The Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team has received fresh information concerning Bishop George Bell. Sussex Police have been informed and we will work collaboratively with them.

“This new information was received following the publication of the Carlile Review, and is now being considered through the Core Group and in accordance with Lord Carlile’s recommendations. The Core Group is now in the process of commissioning an independent investigation in respect of these latest developments.

“As this is a confidential matter we will not be able to say any more about this until inquiries have concluded.”

January 24 2018 – Bishop Dr Gavin Ashenden


About Bishop Dr Gavin Ashenden

Gavin Ashenden lives partly in Shropshire and partly in Normandy. He grew up in S.W. London, and then Kent, and was educated at the King’s School in Canterbury. After originally reading Law at Bristol University intent on a career at the bar, he found himself with a vocation to the priesthood. He trained at Oak Hill Theological College studying theology. He was ordained by + Mervyn Stockwood in Southwark Cathedral in 1980, and was appointed to a curacy in Bermondsey.

He spent the next ten years as a parish priest.. His curacy was at St James’, Bermondsey, then a docklands parish along the river Thames by Tower Bridge, and subsequently became Vicar of a Church on the edge of South London.

During the 1980’s when he was also vice-chair of Keston College, he was involved in smuggling bibles and medicine into the former Soviet Union, and samizdat out -for publication in the West. The experiences of being occasionally arrested and interrogated by the KGB and other security services played an important part in the development of his views on totalitarianism.

After postgraduate study in the Psychology of Religion with the Jesuits at Heythrop College in the University of London , he then completed a doctorate on the life and work of the Oxford Inkling, Charles Williams, and subsequently published ‘Alchemy and Integration- A study of the Life of writing of Charles Williams. (Kent State University Press).

He spent 23 years at the University of Sussex as a senior lecturer and senior chaplain, lecturing in the Psychology of Religion, Literature, and convening an MA programme in Monotheist Mysticism.

During this period he was also employed freelance by the BBC to present a weekly Faith and Ethics radio programme for four years.  He also become Presenter of the  the international Faith & Ethics podcast.

He has published on the Oxford Inklings and CS Lewis in particular, writing Op Ed pieces for the London Times, and occasional articles and book reviews in the Church Times.

He was a member of the General Synod of the Church of England for 20 years, and was appointed one of the  theological canonries  at Chichester Cathedral. He is a member of the Society of the Holy Cross.

In 2008 he was appointed a Chaplain to the Queen (2008-2017).He spent a number of years as a member of the ecumenical priestly fraternity of the Little Brothers of Jesus (Charles de Foucauld)

He has lectured in the USA as a visiting theologian for the Lutheran Church in Oregon, spoken at a variety of Diocesan Conferences in the UK, and represented the Church of England as a delegate to the World Council of Churches.

In 2017 and he resigned from his chaplaincy to the Queen in order to be free to speak out for the faith in the contested public forum, and subsequently appeared on media outlets across the world, including Fox News in the USA and the Bolt Report in Australia.

Convinced that the consecration of women to the episcopate represented the replacement of apostolic and biblical patterns with the competing culture of the values of Cultural Marxism, and dissenting from the increasing accommodation of the Church of England to  radical secular views on gender, he  resigned from  the Church of England in 2017.

On the Feast of St Michael and All Angels 2017, the Archbishop of the Christian Episcopal Church announced that Dr Ashenden had been consecrated as a Missionary bishop to the UK and Europe.

Much of his ministry is found on the Internet. Between 100 and 400 people share in the daily office and the viewing figures of his weekly homilies vaary between 200 and a 1,000 viewers.

He broadcasts weekly for Anglican Unscripted with Kevin Kallsen and the Rev’d George Conger.
Press Release from the Archbishop of the Christian Episcopal Church.

The Feast of St Michael and All Angels

September 29th 2017 :


Former Queen’s Chaplain Consecrated as Missionary Bishop to Anglicans in

the UK and Europe.



The Christian Episcopal Church of Canada and the USA, has announced the consecration in Vancouver, BC, during the course of an Episcopal Synod, of the Rt. Rev’d Dr Gavin Ashenden, a former Chaplain to the Queen, as missionary bishop to the United Kingdom and Europe.


Bishop Ashenden is charged with the responsibility of working as closely and collaboratively as possible with those Anglicans who are committed to remaining faithful to orthodox Christianity. In particular with the Free Church of England and the ‘Unity Forum’ that has been created to achieve that unity of purpose and action in the UK.


The Right Reverend John Fenwick, convenor of the Unity Forum, said: ‘Gavin’s stand for orthodoxy has been an encouragement to Anglicans in the UK and beyond. We look forward to working closely with him as we face the challenges that lie ahead.’


The Christian Episcopal Church is a traditionalist Anglican Denomination which originally emerged from The Episcopal Church in the United States (TEC) in the 1980s in response to the capitulation of that Church to secular values and priorities.


Its bishops celebrate the fact that their Orders derive from both Anglican and Roman Catholic successions, and so offer potential for mutual recognition and collaboration in ecumenical relationships.  At the same time their commitment to the Gospel and the Scriptures has created powerful alliances across the evangelical and charismatic spectrum.


As the Church of England is in the process of abandoning Christian teaching on culture, sexuality, marriage and the uniqueness of Christian revelation, the Bishops of the Christian Episcopal Church believed that it was their responsibility to offer a renewed episcopal oversight and encouragement to those Anglicans in the UK and Europe who had become distressed and disillusioned by the changes of direction and the adoption of secular values by the Church of England.


Dr Ashenden trained originally in the law, and was ordained as an Anglican priest in Southwark Cathedral in 1980. He worked in parishes in South London for ten years before becoming a University Chaplain and a lecturer in the Psychology of Religion for 23 years.


He holds degrees in Law, Theology, the Psychology of Religion and a doctorate on the work of the Anglican theologian and poet, Charles Williams. He was a member of the General Synod for 20 years.


He was appointed as one of the Canon theologians at Chichester Cathedral, and in 2008 as a Chaplain to the Queen. He was a presenter for the BBC Radio’s Faith and Ethics programmes for four years and has written as a columnist for the both the Times and Church Times. In 2017 he resigned as Chaplain to the Queen so that he could speak out more freely in the wake of the Quranic readings in Glasgow Cathedral which denied the divinity of Christ.



The Most  Rev’d Theodore Casimes,


Archbishop of the Christian Episcopal Church in the United States,

Bishop Co-adjutor of the Christian Episcopal Church in Canada, Bishop of the Diocese of Seattle.



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