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For more than a year, the BBC have been investigating predatory paedophile priests in the Diocese of Chichester and the ineffectiveness of their adopted safeguarding measures. In this ‘Inside Out’ special, award winning journalist Colin Campbell speaks with victims about the unimaginable damage caused, not only by the initial abuse, but also by the Church’s continued failings and cover-ups.

Originally aired on the BBC on February 13th 2012.

BBC report into the November 2011 arrest of a 76 year old Church of England priest and a 68 year old church organist on suspicion of sexually abusing two young boys at various locations in Sussex during 1988.

Originally broadcast on the BBC on January 24th 2012.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-16707711

Full text of the letter to The Times:

"As lawyers working on behalf of children and vulnerable adults who have suffered sexual and physical abuse in institutional care, we write to call for a public inquiry into abuse within church organisations in England and Wales.

Officials of church organisations hold influential and highly respected roles within the community; historically they have enjoyed both the trust of the public and unquestioned access to children. This has undoubtedly created extensive opportunities for abuse. From cases we are handling currently, we are aware of some 41 Catholic priests who have been convicted of serious sexual offences in the recent past. Yet these very same organisations, particularly in the Catholic Church, have persistently ignored and in many cases covered up complaints of abuse.

We have seen clear evidence of cover-ups on some of our cases and we believe these are the tip of the iceberg. The culture of cover-up has been embedded in the Catholic Church for decades if not centuries. It will never be effectively challenged without full public scrutiny, something which only a public inquiry, with powers of access to documents, including each Catholic diocese’s secret archive, can achieve.

The Church of England has similarly been criticised for a lack of transparency. The available evidence shows that the practical implementation of new safeguarding policies in both the Catholic Church and the Church of England (and indeed in other denominations) has been tentative, patchy and has met significant institutional resistance at senior levels in the church hierarchy.

There is now overwhelming evidence that religious organisations are too compromised by their own failings to police themselves effectively. The only way to address the scandal of sexual and physical abuse in these organisations is through a comprehensive public inquiry, and we urge ministers to order this without delay.”
 

Authors:

Richard Scorer, Pannone Solicitors

David Greenwood, Jordans Solicitors

Tracey Storey, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

Jonathan Wheeler, Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors

Malcolm Johnson, Malcolm Johnson & Co Solicitors

Alan Collins, Verisona Solicitors

Tracey Emmott, Emmott Snell Solicitors

Peter Garsden, Abney Garsden McDonald Solicitors

BBC report into a letter from a group of solicitors calling for a public inquiry into abuse within the church, published in The Times on January 17th 2012. Tracey Emmott, representing seven victims of Diocese of Chichester priest Roy Cotton explains the need for such an inquiry.

Originally aired on the BBC on January 17th 2012.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-16603933

BBC coverage of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s launching of another inquiry into the Diocese of Chichester’s Child Protection practices. Conspicuously absent from the remit of this internal inquiry is any mention of past victims or historic cases. This will be the fourth inquiry into the Diocese of Chichester’s handling of sexual abuse cases in recent years and follows the Clergy Discipline Measure complaint lodged by the Diocese of Chichester’s own safeguarding advisory group into the sitting Bishop of Lewes, Bishop Wallace Benn and his handling of child abuse cases by known paedophile priests in his Diocese.

Originally aired on the BBC on December 22nd 2011.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-16304234

The safeguarding advisory group to the Diocese of Chichester has made an official complaint to the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace in the form an official clergy discipline measure (CDM), regarding his handling of paedophile priests and the misinformation he provided the inquiries that followed.

Originally aired on the BBC on November 10th 2011.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-15582099

The safeguarding advisory group to the Diocese of Chichester has written to Lambeth Palace stating its intention of making a complaint in the form an official clergy discipline measure (CDM), regarding his handling of paedophile priests and the misinformation he provided the inquiries that followed.

Originally aired on the BBC on November 3rd 2011.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-15582875

BBC report into the newest investigation into the source of misinformation that found its way into the Butler-Sloss Inquiry commissioned to investigate the findings of the Meekings Report originally established to investigate the failings of the Diocese of Chichester surrounding cases of paedophile Priests in Sussex.

Originally aired on the BBC on July 19th 2011.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-14203795

Lewes and Hastings Archdeacon, the Venerable Philip Jones attempts to defend the discredited Butler-Sloss Inquiry, repeatedly insisting there has been no cover-up, in an interview with the BBC’s Colin Campbell.

Originally published by BBC online on July 19th 2011.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-14203795

The BBC’s Colin Campbell investigates serious errors, inaccuracies and falsehoods in the Butler-Sloss inquiry, including alarmingly incorrect information provided to the Baroness by sitting Bishops.

Originally aired on the BBC on July 13th 2011.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-14143721