“An Anglican judge…Butler-Sloss admitted covering up the crimes of Anglican priests…a former special branch officer…said that a dossier of sexual abuse allegations …which police claimed was ‘lost’ was actually seized by MI5…Officers citing ‘national security’ confiscated the file [a paedophile dossier naming Establishment figures], which listed 16 MP’s along with senior policemen, headteachers and clergy…In years to come this will serve as a case study of how Establishment can succeed in sabotaging any attempt to uncover the truth…”
Dame Lowell Goddard…the judge who quit as its chief [National Public Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, previously called The Goddard Inquiry] last month…said that she had quit…to challenge the basis and scale of the inquiry…The new head is Professor Alexis Jay, a social work specialist who is backed by a panel, victims of sex abuse and other expert advisers
“Ultimately…I had to face a situation I could not solve and which would continue unless challenged. I resigned to make that challenge occur” said Dame Lowell.
The Bell Tower – Chichester Cathedral – Photo by Richard W. Symonds
“The Diocese of Chichester, where there have been multiple allegations of sexual abuse, and numerous investigations and reviews” (Source: ‘After Goddard quits, inquiry said to retain high priority’, Church Times, August 12 2016)
Royal Court of Justice, London (where the Goddard Inquiry was being held)
“ABUSED VICTIMS HAVE ACCUSED POLITICIANS AS WELL AS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC AND ANGLICAN CHURCHES, COUNCILS AND SCHOOLS OF FAILING TO DEAL WITH ALLEGATIONS. IN A NUMBER OF CASES, THEY SAID INSTITUTIONS HAD ACTIVELY COVERED UP CASES AT THE BEHEST OF POWERFUL ESTABLISHMENT FIGURES, INCLUDING SENIOR MP’S, SPIES AND POLICE OFFICERS”
“In advance of Goddard, the Church of England settled out of court with a woman who said she had been abused as a child between 1949 and 1953 by George Bell, the heroic anti-Nazi wartime Bishop of Chichester. The Church accepted that he had abused her. It soon turned out that no case for Bell had ever been heard by the Church and no evidence or witnesses of his life at that time had been called. The reputation of a dead, defenceless, good man had been sacrificed in a panic”
THE Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales (IICSA) was thrown into disarray on Thursday night after the New Zealand judge brought in to chair it, Justice Lowell Goddard, resigned….Among the 13 separate investigations launched by the Inquiry, is one into the Anglican churches in England and Wales…it will study “the experience of the Diocese of Chichester, where there have been multiple allegations of sexual abuse, and numerous investigations and reviews.”
As the vast Goddard inquisition lurches off the rails, are we finally recovering our sanity about child abuse? Terrible as this crime is, it is not an excuse for losing our heads and trampling on justice.
This week I record a small victory in one such case of injustice, that of the late, saintly and much-loved Bishop George Bell. He was publicly smeared as a paedophile without a hearing by the Church of England – on the basis of a single, ancient uncorroborated accusation.
I am pleased to say that, under cover of a cloud of holy smoke, the C of E has retreated.
The Church doesn’t understand English law (hence the kangaroo court) and has a nasty habit of using the anonymous complainant, an elderly lady known as ‘Carol’, as a human shield. Any criticism of the Church’s injustice is falsely alleged to be an attack on her.
The current Bishop of Chelmsford, The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, recently said in the House of Lords that defenders of George Bell had ‘made hurtful comments’ about ‘Carol’. It was a nasty thing to say, and it was not true. I have been pursuing Mr Cottrell, helpfully pointing out to him what the Bible says about bearing false witness, and about owning up to wrongdoing. He is, after all, a modern sort of Bishop and can’t necessarily be expected to be well-versed in such things.
And now I have wrung out of his spokesperson a pathetic, grudging so-called ‘clarification’. By this word, the C of E actually mean ‘admission’, but they obviously don’t believe that confession is good for the soul.
It runs ‘when he said in the House of Lords that “some in the Bell Group had made hurtful comments” about “Carol”, it would have been more precise to say that these were comments that she found hurtful’.
More precise! They mean ‘true’. And of course the two things are totally different. When I derided this formula, they retreated a few more inches, saying: ‘He acknowledges that what he actually said was mistaken, hence the clarification explaining what he meant to have said… When the new parliamentary term begins he promises to look into how a proper clarification can be produced.’
When I said I would report this as ‘the Bishop now admits that what he said was untrue, and that he intends to correct it in the Lords at the earliest opportunity’, they moaned this would be inaccurate.
You may judge for yourselves. I’ve been fairer to them than they ever were to George Bell.