Category Archives: Sexual abuse

After IICSA: Facing Up to Clericalism

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury I tell a story against myself. When I was a young naval officer, I recall the first time the ship I served in docked in a military harbour. Keen … Continue reading

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Are We in Love with Sin?

by the Revd Canon Rosie Harper, Chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham and Member of General Synod We all carry our early experiences of Christmas and Easter into our adult life. It’s inevitable and it is the lens through which … Continue reading

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IICSA – Is Clericalism to Blame?

by the Revd Dr Jeremy Morris, Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge For the time being, the Church of England’s excoriation before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is over.  We are all left trying to come to terms … Continue reading

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Apologies, Forgiveness and IICSA

by the Revd Canon Rosie Harper, Chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham and Member of the General Synod It has been an extraordinary experience listening to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) on its excellent live streaming site. … Continue reading

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Is There Life for the Church After IICSA?

by the Revd Canon Anna Norman-Walker, Rector of Streatham and past member of General Synod Perhaps Holy Week is the perfect time for the Church to be putting its beliefs to the test. Death happens and with it the all-important … Continue reading

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St Francis – Suffering, Abuse of Power and the Love of God.

by the Rt Revd Dr David Walker, Bishop of Manchester The popular image of St Francis of Assisi is that of a gentle lover of nature; a man who preached to the birds, tamed an aggressive wolf, and even picked … Continue reading

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The Stonewalling of Sexual Abuse…

by the Revd Dr Hayley Matthews, Director of Lay Training, Leeds Diocese As a young child this limerick amused me no end, but as an ordained minister in the Church of England I’ve been bemused at the ready use of … Continue reading

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