The Rev. Mark Carey arrested Wednesday on historic abuse charges
The son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has been suspended by the Diocese of Leeds after a complaint was filed with the Durham Constabulary alleging that over 30 years ago he abused a young girl.
On 19 Oct 2016, the Rev. Mark Carey, was arrested at his home in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, accused of having sexually abused a young women in the 1980s. He was released after posting bail, pending further inquiries. The incident is alleged to have occurred during Lord Carey’s tenure as vicar of St Nicholas’ Church in Durham between 1975 and 1982. Mark Carey, now 51, would have been no more than 17 years old at the time.
A spokesman issued a statement on behalf of the diocese on Friday saying: “A 51-year-old priest in the Diocese of Leeds has been suspended by the Bishop following his arrest by Durham Constabulary concerning allegations of historical abuse. No further statement will be made at this time.”
For the past six years Mr Carey has served as the “pioneer minister” of the Kairos Christian fellowship that meet in homes, pubs, and cafes. At its launch in 2010, Mr. Carey told the BBC “Kairos focuses on releasing communities of followers to live out the mission of Jesus.”
“While it is one church it is also six smaller network churches, small to mid-size groups of up to thirty people known, officially, as ‘mission-shaped communities’ (MSCs).”
“With a variety of imaginative titles, each MSC is treated as a church in its own right, meeting not in a church building but in homes, cafes, pubs, or even outdoors”.
Friends and family members of the popular minister tell Anglican Ink they were shocked by the arrest and are confident he will be vindicated. Mr. Carey has retained legal counsel and has not issued a statement at this time.
The Sun reported Lord and Lady Carey have travelled to Harrogate to support their son and his family during this difficult time.
Disclaimer: While the author of this report has never met the Rev. Mark Carey, he was a colleague of the brother of the accused, Andrew, for several years at the Church of England Newspaper.