Church colluded in and hid Bishop Peter Ball’s sex abuse

 

A review’s found the Church of England “colluded” with a former bishop and helped hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men.

Peter Ball was jailed in 2015 after admitting sex offences between the 1970s and 1990s.

The 85-year-old served as Bishop of Gloucester.

A report’s found “the church at its most senior levels supported him unwisely.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury says it made “harrowing reading”.

A statement from the Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek on the Independent Peter Ball review: “I have read Dame Moira’s report and am greatly shocked and distressed by its content. The report presents a devastating account of Peter Ball’s abuse and it is a matter of deep shame and regret that a Bishop in the Church of England committed such horrendous crimes and that as a Church we repeatedly failed to act and protect those who came forward for help.

“I feel immensely sad that Neil Todd took his own life and is not with us today – I wish to commend his tenacity and courage and that of other victims and survivors.

“There are no excuses for what took place.

“The Church commissioned this review so we could learn from our failings. I, alongside my staff team, remain committed to striving for the highest level of safeguarding in the Diocese of Gloucester and making our churches the safest places they can possibly be. We will continue to work with the National Safeguarding Team and act upon the recommendations made in the report.

“Any survivors or those with information about church-related abuse must know that they will be listened to in confidence, with genuine openness and empathy.”

 

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