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Justice denied in Welby safeguarding investigation

Two documents have appeared in connection with the formal complaint made about the Archbishop of Canterbury by the complainant known as Graham....

Richard Coekin and Jonathan Fletcher’s circle

As readers of my blog, will know, I have taken a special interest in the case of Jonathan Fletcher, the former Vicar...

Loose ends in the Martyn Percy Affair

On Tuesday 8th September the Church of England, represented by the Bishop in charge of Safeguarding, Jonathan Gibbs, declared that the Dean of...

Reacting to the Jonathan Fletcher story – the Great Silence

In writing my reaction to the Daily Telegraph story on December 27th, there was one point where I got things completely wrong.  I speculated...

Peter Ball and Jonathan Fletcher. A toxic legacy?

The days after Christmas are treated by most clergy as an opportunity to relax a little.  Although I have not been caught...

A Prince and an Abuser

I made a decision that I would not allow my equilibrium to be disturbed by watching what many have now called the...

The Jonathan Fletcher story continues

This blog piece does not begin with some breakthrough news on the Jonathan Fletcher story.  This is a continuation of the narrative...

Silence about Smyth and Fletcher — What is happening in the Evangelical abuse review?

It was announced on 12 Aug 2018 by the Church of England that there would be a review into the case of...

Congregational dynamics and murder

A murder story, widely reported last week in the Press, would not normally have attracted any comment from this blog.  But the...

Who has power in the Church of England?

At the conclusion of a very well-written piece about the Matt Ineson affair , Martin Sewell asks a pertinent question.  Who is in...

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Pro-gay Evangelical appointed Bishop of Dorchester

24 November 2020 – the Queen has approved the appointment of the Venerable Gavin Collins, Archdeacon of the Meon, as the next...

Living in Love and Faith: Learning together with our...

A statement from Bishop Sarah Mullally (Chair of the Next Steps Group) and Bishop Christopher Cocksworth (Chair of the LLF Coordinating Group).

Call to pro-gay bishops to express public support for...

An inclusive pro-LGBTIQ+ group including gay and straight members has written to thirty four bishops known to be supporters of LGBTIQ+ people,...

ACNA staff changes

Rev. Canon Dr. Esau McCaulley The Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI) began at our Provincial Assembly 2019 in Plano,...