Retired bishop given life suspension from ministry after admitting sexual misconduct

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The former Bishop of Ramsbury has been suspended for life from the ordained ministry after he admitted to having sexually abused two women.

The Daily Mail reported the Rt Rev. Peter Hullah had been the subject of an informal disciplinary review overseen by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s office conducted in August. Bishop Hullah (73) who served as Bishop of Ramsbury in the Diocese of Salisbury from 1999 to 2006 agreed to the ban in exchange for the church dropping a public hearing under the Clergy Discipline Measure.

The Daily Mail reported the two women were adults known to Bishop Hullah. No criminal charges have been filed against the retired bishop.

A Church of England spokesman told the Telegraph “We can confirm that Peter Hullah has now been prohibited from ministry for life following a complaint under the clergy discipline measure brought by the national safeguarding team.

“We would like to acknowledge the courage and offer an unreserved apology on behalf of the Church to those who came forward to share their experience; support has been offered to all involved.

“The Church expects the highest standards from those in leadership and there can be no excuses when this does not happen.

“We will continue to listen to all those who come forward and to work together to make the Church a safer place for all.”