Tag Archives: Very Reverend Stephen Waine – Dean of Chichester

May 20 2019 – “Footprints In The Sand – tracking changes in online content” [Chichester Cathedral website] – A short report for The Bell Society by Peter Crosskey

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“Footprints In The Sand – tracking changes in online content” [Chichester Cathedral website] – A short report for The Bell Society by Peter Crosskey

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Example 1 – Deletion: “In the spirit of George Bell from 1929 to 1958 and a great friend of the churches of Germany,…”

https://web.archive.org/web/20120215155030/http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/about-us/european-links.shtml

[a] October 19 2015 – Chichester Cathedral website

European Links

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In the spirit of George Bell, Bishop of Chichester from 1929 to 1958 and a great friend of the churches of Germany, the Diocese has links with the United Church of Berlin-Brandenburg, the Lutheran Evangelical Church (EKD) District of Bayreuth, Bavaria, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bamberg, Bavaria. Regionalbischof Dr Dorothea Greiner of Bayreuth, and Domkapitular Professor Wolfgang Klausnitzer are Canons of Honour of Chichester Cathedral.

[b] February 7 2016 – Chichester Cathedral website

European Links

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The Diocese has links with the United Church of Berlin-Brandenburg, the Lutheran Evangelical Church (EKD) District of Bayreuth, Bavaria, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bamberg, Bavaria. Regionalbischof Dr Dorothea Greiner of Bayreuth, and Domkapitular Professor Wolfgang Klausnitzer are Canons of Honour of Chichester Cathedral.

 

Example 2 – Deletion: “In a powerful sermon, Bishop Greiner spoke of the close links between
Chichester and the European churches, which began with the friendship
between Bishop George Bell and Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer more than
70 years ago”

https://web.archive.org/web/20161222133625/https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/news/a-first-for-chichester-posted-23-june-2011.shtml

Footprints in the sand: tracking changes in online content May 2019
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More Google results
Take a forthcoming event in the cathedral calendar, such as the Coburg Conference.
Entering the search string “Coburg Conference” inurl:chichestercathedral.org.uk
into Google on a previous visit generated a single result from Google’s search of its
cached files. In other words, the last time Google catalogued the site, this is the reference
it found to the Coburg Conference. However, clicking the link generated a
“page not found” response from the website, suggesting the file had been deleted
from the site since Google’s last visit. The page in question first appeared in 2011,
when Chichester last hosted the biennial, four-cornered conference.
Take a more specific example, that of the Lutheran bishop of Bayreuth, Dr Dorothea Greiner: an ecumenical interlocutor and a Canon of Honour at Chichester. The search string “Dorothea Greiner” inurl:chichestercathedral.org.uk generated 10 results in Google, cached from a previous visit by the search engine. Not one of the links could be opened as live pages. This has been recorded in a screencast, saved as a QuickTime movie and is available for download separately. The links are listed below: the pages have been deleted, not moved, since a cross-check using the search string Greiner on the cathedral website returned zero results.

File deletions within the life of a current Google cache (as of May 14, 2019)
Coburg Conference
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/news/the-coburg-conference-2011-posted-oct-2011.shtml

Mentioning Dr Dorothea Greiner
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/worship/sermons.shtml
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/news/a-first-for-chichester-posted-23-june-2011.shtml
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/sunday-notes/November19th.pdf
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/sunday-notes/June17th.pdf
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/sunday-notes/June10th.pdf
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/sunday-notes/29thSeptember.pdf
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/_folder1/FarewellServiceEvensong-2Feb
2014.pdf
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/_folder1/DrDorotheaGreinerTrinitysermo
n-updatedversion_2_.pdf
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/_folder1/33Chichester6Oktober2013-Eng
lisch.pdf
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The Wayback Machine
However, it turns out there is no need to slog through Google searches or guess at
what Chichester Cathedral might have published in years gone by. There is an altogether
easier option. The Internet Archives project has been recording the Cathedral
website at random intervals for years as part of its Wayback Machine project. This
must be the largest collection of cached web pages on the planet, with electronic
archives stretching back decades.
The Wayback Machine project has not retained all the PDF attachment pages, but
here is a screengrab of one of the pages that we believe to have been-deleted recently,
since it was in a current Google cache file. The cached page can be found at:
https://web.archive.org/web/20161222133625/https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/n
ews/a-first-for-chichester-posted-23-june-2011.shtml
The passage highlighted in yellow reads:
In a powerful sermon, Bishop Greiner spoke of the close links between
Chichester and the European churches, which began with the friendship
between Bishop George Bell and Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer more than
70 years ago. She praised the Church of England for its attempts to hold
the different Christian traditions together: ‘Keep going, dear Anglican
brothers and sistsers. You are a big role model for us!’
Footprints in the sand: tracking changes in online content May 2019
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“There are also, as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Bishop Bell argued, moral questions to be addressed here”

~ Paddy Ashdown [“Nein! Standing Up To Hitler 1939-1944” – Collins 2018 – Page 301]

Jan 24 2019 – “A report by Timothy Briden relating to Bishop George Bell” – Chichester Cathedral

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Chichester Cathedral [from 4 Canon Lane – formerly George Bell House]

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https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/news/report-timothy-briden-relating-bishop-george-bell

A report by Timothy Briden, relating to Bishop George Bell

24th Jan 2019

A report by Timothy Briden, a senior ecclesiastical lawyer, relating to fresh information received about the late Bishop George Bell, has been published today. Mr Briden was appointed by the Bishop of Chichester to make an independent assessment of the evidence.

The Cathedral Chapter welcomes Timothy Briden’s report and the accompanying statements by the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team, the Bishop of Chichester and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The full report and statements can be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding/safeguarding-news-statements/national-safeguarding-team-statement-bishop-bell

The Bishop of Chichester’s statement refers to the difficulty of this complex case:

‘The legitimate quest for certainty has been defeated by the nature of the case and the passage of time. Bishop Bell cannot be proven guilty, nor can it be safely claimed that the original complainant has been discredited. There is an uncertainty which cannot be resolved. We ask those who hold opposing views on this matter to recognize the strength of each other’s commitment to justice and compassion.’

The Archbishop of Canterbury also notes:

‘The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has already questioned the Church of England over its response to the Bishop Bell case and the review by Lord Carlile. We expect that their report on our hearings will address further the complex issues that have been raised and will result in a more informed, confident, just and sensitive handling of allegations of abuse by the church in the future. We have apologised, and will continue to do so, for our poor response to those brave enough to come forward, while acknowledging that this will not take away the effects of the abuse.

This very difficult issue therefore leaves the church with an impossible dilemma which I hope people with different perspectives on it will try to understand.’

October 29 2017 – Restoration of George Bell House and The Bishop’s Portrait imminent ?

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If Lord Carlile’s findings regarding Bishop Bell are conclusive, Chichester’s Cathedral authorities would be strongly advised to immediately restore 4 Canon Lane back to George Bell House and immediately restore the Portrait of Bishop Bell – in storage within the private Cathedral Library – to its rightful place.

Dean of Chichester orders removal of all plants from Bishop Bell Memorial in Cathedral – without explanation.

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The Bell Memorial in Chichester Cathedral

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The Bell-Arundel Screen in Chichester Cathedral [The Bell Memorial is located to the right behind the wall]

It has been confirmed the Dean of Chichester, The Very Reverend Stephen Waine, has ordered the removal of all plants from the Bell Memorial.
 
This has caused outrage and deep hurt to many within the Cathedral community – and beyond – especially as no explanation has been given.
 
It is suggested as many as possible, individually, seek an explanation by contacting the Dean (and/or others):
 

 

….AND THIS TIME LAST YEAR

http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2015/12/who-moved-my-flowers-a-cathedral-mystery.html

PETER HITCHENS

11 December 2015 10:29 AM

Who Moved My Flowers? A Cathedral Mystery

Much of what follows featured in an earlier, longer post (‘The Joy of Cathedrals’).

It described the strange disappearance of some flowers I recently left next to the George Bell memorial in Chichester Cathedral. Here they are:

 

Flowers

The visit was partly a sentimental journey to a place I knew well in my childhood, partly a purposeful visit to honour the memory of a great man whose reputation is currently under attack, and who is being presumed guilty of a dreadful crime without having undergone a fair and public trial.

 

‘……And finally to the strange old detached bell tower and golden-stoned west front of the Cathedral itself, with a glimpse into the gardens of the choir school where I was for a while a non-singing pupil, and where my day was measured by the solemn chimes of the Cathedral clock, and by what must have been our daily processions across to the Cathedral for Evensong, as the shadows gradually gathered in the high vaults and arches, and among the tombs (this, by the way is the site of the famous Arundel Tomb about which Philip Larkin wrote his lovely poem whose conclusion is (almost) ‘what will survive of us is love’. The effigies of the long dead nobleman and his lady do indeed hold hands, and have done, in stone, for centuries. It is not a later invention).

Here, I had a particular purpose, apart from attending Evensong again in this place after a break of nearly 60 years.

I had with me a small posy of flowers, and a note. The note read:

‘These flowers are placed here in memory of the many courageous and selfless Christian actions of the late Bishop of Chichester, George Kennedy Allen Bell, in the hope that these deeds are not forgotten or obscured, nor erased from the memory of those who come after.

And also in memory of the Presumption of Innocence, much missed and fondly remembered.’

I placed them next to the modest memorial to Bishop George Bell which is carved in the wall close to the south transept and to the Arundel Screen rebuilt in Bishop Bell’s memory in 1961 (currently there is a large notice next to this monument about ‘safeguarding’).  Ten minutes later my flowers and the note were gone.

I have asked the Cathedral why, and also what they did with the flowers.

Their current response is as follows:

“Our concern is that the public display of flowers together with a note about the Rt Revd George Bell’s achievements – coming directly after the Bishop of Chichester issued a formal apology following the settling of a legal civil claim regarding sexual abuse – was provocative and had the potential to offend those who are sensitive to the issues raised by child abuse. Sensitivity in this area is a priority for Chichester Cathedral, especially given its difficult recent history in the area of safeguarding. Consequently they were removed.”

I have yet to discover, despite active enquiries,  which words in particular had been judged to be provocative, of what or of whom, or in what way they had the potential to offend.  Also nobody will tell me what they did with the flowers.

Letter from Dean of Chichester met with “dignified silence” by 70-strong Signatories

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Dear Mr Symonds,

Thank you for your letter of 28 November.

https://richardwsymonds.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/bishop-bell-and-the-cathedral-guide-letter-to-the-dean-of-chichester/

Lord Carlile has been engaged to look at how the allegation against Bishop Bell was handled by the Church of England, and his report is due in the summer. I think that the time to review our publication will be after his report has been released.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Waine

The Very Reverend Stephen Waine

Dean of Chichester

 

The Royal Chantry
Cathedral Cloisters
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 1PX

T: 01243 812485

dean@chichestercathedral.org.uk

Website: www.chichestercathedral.org.uk  

Twitter: @ChiCathedral  

Bishop Bell and ‘The Cathedral Guide Letter’ to the Dean of Chichester

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Chichester Cathedral

Monday, November 28 2016

The Deanery

Chichester Cathedral

Chichester

West Sussex PO19 1PY

Dear Dean and Members of Chapter

We write concerning the recent publication of the Pitkin Guide to the Cathedral. In common with many people locally and nationally who have read it, we find your stance on the text concerning the late Bishop Bell unhelpful. We are given to understand the copyright is your responsibility and that you wrote the text in question.

When every effort is being made to heal the hurt and divisions occasioned by the way the Church locally and nationally has handled this affair, it seems to us unwise to leave in place any potentially damaging text about Bishop Bell.

As concern grows nationally regarding the handling of sexual abuse cases, we await the investigation into the Church of England’s handling of this affair.

In the meantime, we would suggest three possible courses of action:

1. The withdrawal of the Guide from sale pending the Review by Lord Carlile QC

2. The re-printing of the Guide, excluding – or re-writing – the text in question

3. The insertion of a Slip into every copy of the Guide, stating something along the lines of: “The accusation of child sexual abuse which has been made against Bishop George Bell is now the subject to an investigation – led by Lord Carlile QC – which will report in 2017”.

Thank you for giving this letter your consideration.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Timothy ADAMS

Janet AIDIN

Jill ARMSTEAD

Colin BAILLIEU

Renata BAILLIEU

Ann BARTLE

Ian BARTLE

John BENDIT

Marilyn BILLINGHAM

Professor Peter BILLINGHAM

Joanna BOGLE

Jean BRADLEY

Rt. Rev and Rt. Hon THE LORD CAREY OF CLIFTON

James CAULFEILD

Pat CHAMBERS

Rodney CHAMBERS

Dr Colin CLARK

Brian COOK

Yvette COOK

John DAVISON

The Rt Hon THE LORD DEAR

Pam DIGNUM

Mark DUNN

Grace DURHAM

Charlotte EVANS

The Reverend David EVANS

Anthony FRENCH

The Reverend Dr Jules GOMES

Yvonne GRAHAM

Dr Ruth Hildebrandt GRAYSON

Professor James GRAYSON

Annabelle HANCOCK

Richard HANCOCK

The Reverend Professor Martin HENIG

Ainslie HEPBURN

Peter HEPBURN

Christopher HILL

Christopher HOARE

Richard HOARE

Rosie HOARE

David HOPKINSON

SIR JOHN AND LADY MACLURE

Rachel MORIARTY

LADY [BRIDGET] NIXON

Noel OSBORNE

Rachael OSBORNE

The Very Reverend Professor Martyn PERCY

Thelma PERCY

John RANK

THE DUKE OF RICHMOND

Paul ROGERSON

Edith PINGREE-ROGERSON

Sandra SAER

Marguerite SAFFERY

Janice SAYERS

Martin SEWELL

Michael SHARP

Richard W. SYMONDS

THE LADY KENYA TATTON-BROWN

Dr Geoffrey THOMAS

The Reverend John TIBBS

Michael TIBBS

Clare TOOLE-MACKSON

Graham TOOLE-MACKSON

Bill WADE

Michael WOOLLEY

Dermot WRIGHT

LADY WRIGHT

Hugh WYATT

For any reply and/or further information, please contact:

Richard W. Symonds The Bell Society 2 Lychgate Cottages Ifield Street, Ifield Village Crawley, West Sussex RH11 0NN
Tel: 07540 309592 (Text only – Very deaf)

Email: richardsy5@aol.com

cc The Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

Further Information:

https://richardwsymonds.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/bishop-bell-letter-delivered-to-bishop-of-chichester-november-16-2016/

 

“Chichester Cathedral – Society and Faith” – New Guidebook – Page 37

https://richardwsymonds.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/bishop-bell-and-page-37-of-new-guidebook-chichester-cathedral-society-and-faith-2016/

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Chichester Cathedral: Society and Faith A New Publication About Chichester Cathedral (Pitkin Guidebook – October 2016)

Chichester Cathedral: Society and Faith

Chichester Cathedral: Society and Faith

The current Chichester Cathedral guidebook takes the visitor on a route around the Cathedral and discusses the highlights of each area.  It is a beautiful pictorial guide and a perfect souvenir.  Our new book Chichester Cathedral: Society and Faith has been produced in response to visitor requests for a small, affordable publication with more text about the Cathedral as a whole, throughout its 900 year history from its origins in Selsey in 681 to the present day.

In his Welcome, The Very Reverend Stephen Waine, Dean of Chichester writes:

This book tells a number of stories about Chichester Cathedral.  There is the story of the history of a building of great beauty, and the ingenuity and skill of its builders and craftsmen, and how it has been embellished over the centuries; there is the story of the people who have found their lives bound up with this place in good and in testing times; there is the narrative of the way in which the Cathedral’s history is bound up with the history of the nation; and there is the story which contains all the others, the Christian story of the God of love to whom prayer and worship have been offered in this place for over 900 years.

Chichester Cathedral: Society and Faith is priced at £6.99 and can be purchased from the Cathedral Shop.

And on the eve of delivering the Bell Petition to Lambeth Palace, it is very sadly noted on Page 37 (under the Chapter Heading : “1900s: ART AND MUSIC”):

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Page 37 – “Chichester Cathedral. Society and Faith”

“Since October 2015, however, some aspects of the way he is remembered have been called into question.  An investigation into a claim of child abuse concluded that the allegations, whilst not tested in a court of law, are nonetheless plausible.  His considerable achievements and their legacy remain, but it now seems entirely possible that the same man who showed moral courage in opposing saturation bombing was also responsible for the devastating abuse of a child.  As Bell himself recognised, few people are either wholly good, or wholly evil, and supporting victims is always the right thing to do.”

This re-opens wounds which will now be very difficult to heal.

It can only be hoped that this new Cathedral Guide will be immediately pulped, and the Archbishop and the Bishop of Chichester will distance themselves from what has been allowed to happen here.