Church of England Braced for New Sex Abuse Claims

Via the BBC:

Fresh allegations of child sex abuse against the Church of England (CofE) are likely to surface, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said he was braced for an abuse inquiry to reveal “bad stories” about the Church.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that he dealt with the issue daily and that the Church needed to be transparent.

It comes after the Home Office backed Baroness Butler-Sloss as the right person to lead that inquiry.

Concerns have been raised about her over a previous review role in which she is alleged to have told an abused choirboy that she wanted to exclude some of his allegations in order to protect the CofE.

She has said she never put institutions before victims.

Archbishop Welby said abuse survivors needed to be shown justice and called for transparency from the Church in how it dealt with the issue.

Asked if he was prepared for more “bad stories” of child abuse within the establishment, the archbishop told the BBC: “I would love to say there weren’t, but I expect there are. There are in almost every institution in this land.

“This is, it’s something I deal with every day and it is becoming clearer and clearer that for many, many years things were not dealt with as they should have been dealt with.”

He added that the Church needed to apologise and explain how “utterly devastated” it was about the “terrible things” that were done in the past.

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Don’t Forget to Look Up

These are the most breathtaking Church ceilings in the world – and we almost missed them:

Sometimes you find the real treasures when looking at things from a different perspective. While plenty of churches have beautiful stained glass windows, fascinating gargoyles, and stunning works of art to distract your eye, simply raising your gaze heavenward can provide the most stunning view of all. The crick in your neck will be totally worth it.

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, France:

Heaven by Maerten Prins on 500px

Church of the Saviour of Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, Russia:

Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood II by Jorge Rojas on 500px

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem:

Roof of Light by Batel Ninyo on 500px

More here.




First Church of England Women Bishops Could Be Appointed by Christmas

It’s a foregone conclusion.

Members of the Synod are expected to authorise the admission of women to the episcopate in what is being billed as a historic vote in York on Monday .

The Telegraph:

The ordination of women bishops could be fast-tracked through its first parliamentary stage within just over a week, if the Church of England’s General Synod finally approves the change.

Members of the Synod are expected to authorise the admission of women to the episcopate in what is being billed as a historic vote in York on Monday.

The legislation would then need to be accepted by Parliament before receiving royal assent meaning that the first women bishops could be appointed as soon as Christmas.

Sir Tony Baldry, the MP who speaks for the Church in Parliament, disclosed that plans are being drawn up for the Ecclesiastical Committee of Parliament to sit on July 22, just before the summer recess, to approve the measure.

That would then mean it could be considered by the Commons and Lords in September…

Rest here, with a video.