Statement from the College of Bishops:
Following a request made by the Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney, the Rt Rev Anne Dyer, the College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church has decided to set up an independent review in the light of difficulties in that Diocese.
The review will provide an opportunity for all relevant parties to make submissions about issues referred to within, leading up to, and arising from recent media coverage, as well as any other related issues.
It will be a confidential process, and at its conclusion a report and any recommendations will be made to the College of Bishops, who will then assess what further action may be required.
The College will now move to appoint an individual, independent of the Scottish Episcopal Church, to conduct the review as soon as possible, with a view to beginning the process at the earliest opportunity.
Bishop Anne made the request for an independent review after being subject to unsubstantiated and anonymous allegations in the national media this week.
A further announcement will be made when a review head is appointed.