Police urged to investigate Lord Carey, former C of E head

Police urged to investigate Lord Carey, former C of E head July 19, 2016

A lawyer representing victims of an abusive Church of England bishop has called for an investigation into the ‘misconduct’ of former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey of Clifton, above.
According to this report, David Greenwood, representing several of Peter Ball’s victims, said he was sure the Church had covered up evidence and urged Scotland Yard to:

Consider opening an investigation into perverting the course of justice by church officials.

Greenwood spoke out after the release of documents that suggest the head of the Church of England knew about the abuse allegations but failed to act.
Ball, above, now 84, was jailed last year for sexual assaults on eighteen teenagers between 1977 and 1992. The disgraced bishop was first cautioned for gross indecency with a teenage boy in 1993, but avoided trial and was allowed to continue working in schools and churches.

Sussex police documents, released under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act last week, reveal that Lambeth Palace, the residence of the head of the Church, received six letters and a number of verbal reports detailing allegations of abuse shortly after the initial investigation into Ball in 1992.
In the letters, Ball is accused of encouraged victims to pray naked, perform sex acts in front of him and share his bed.
The files indicate the Church failed to pass this evidence on to police. In February 1993, Lord Carey wrote to the Director of Public Prosecutions and a chief constable in support of Ball.
During Ball’s trial last year, Lord Carey denied that the correspondence with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) amounted to a cover-up.
Last October, current Archbishop Justin Welby launched an independent review into the Church of England’s response to the allegations.
A spokesperson for Lord Carey declined to comment but said Carey was cooperating fully with Welby’s inquiry.
The newly released documents also suggest Ball associated with other known sex offenders in the clergy and was investigated in 2008 for being part of suspected pedophile ring.
The documents show Ball covered for and helped priests accused of sex abuse.

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  • Trike

    The rcc has been found with its trousers around its ankles, its bare hairy unsavoury arse exposed to the world and its penis in the mouths and rectums of children so many times that the rcc is synonymous with child rape. The CoE in comparison has been perceived as almost pure in the eyes of the public … but there are those amongst us who for years, especially as children forced to go to church and sunday school, heard whispered warnings of vicars and canons who were to be avoided because of the treats they awarded to the unwary and the price they exracted from the ensnared unfortunates.Carey always seemed to me to be calculating untrustworthy and devious. In his exalted and previously unassailabe position of power he and his acolytes enjoyed immunity from accusation and even suspicion. Well the game has changed now and when the finger of justice points in his direction Carey will be seen to be what he is. A fallible human who put the reputation of his office and position above his responsibility to protect the children of his church. The CoE is failing and dying. Let this expose accelerate its total collapse. With the CoE and the RCC thoroughly discredited we can then focus all our energy in chopping islam down to ground level and halt the onslaught of islamofacism and violence in europe.

  • remigius

    I hope none of the victims decide to forgive the perpetrators – they could be prosecuted for doing so…

  • Broga

    “A spokesperson for Lord Carey declined to comment ….”
    There’s a change. Carey is usually quite mouthy.

  • Cali Ron

    I’m so not surprised by this. The CoE are apparently using the RCC template for how to handle pedophile priests: Cover it up, relocate the offender, withhold evidence from the police and when the shit hits the fan let the attorneys stall and litigate until, finally a few lucky victims will get some money. Repeat!

  • In the United States, 45 out of 50 States require clergy to report child abuse. And out of those 45 States, 32 States allow clergy to decline from reporting child abuse in the interest of “clergy-penitent privilege.”
    I don’t know what the laws are in the UK, but it could be that clergy who remaining silent while knowing about child abuse do not break any laws.
    What is right or wrong outside of law is sometimes quite clear. Abusing children and sheltering those who abuse children – in the wrong, even if legally allowed.
    In what year will a parent who trusts his or her child to clergy care not be able to say “I didn’t know that might happen” when their child is raped? How many times does this have to happen, and how many readily-available reports of this happening, will it take to cause the laity to hold their clergy accountable?
    Apparently there is no amount of child sacrifice that is unacceptable in the maintenance of religion.

  • Robster

    Do people assume that, because they’re not Catholic flavoured that they’re safe with children? The CofE’s are just as dodgy as the Vatican versions.

  • Broga

    Carey is part of the Establishment. The cops won’t question him with any vigour. They will probably pray with him before they leave and he will bless them.

  • andym

    Yep. The chances of the police and CPS pursuing this to prosecution are around nil.”Not in the public interest”, “too much time elapsed.”Even if they did show some cojones, they’d quickly be leaned on heavily.
    Public shaming of Carey is the best we can hope for, and even then the churches ,plural, would rally to his defence.

  • Broga

    @andym: You got it. Spot on. If anything is pursued you and I will be both be surprised.