Row is over holding on to power

NO ONE reading the Korris report into allegations by a vulnerable adult parishioner who complained about abusive behaviour by a churchwarden in Jersey can fail to be disturbed by a catalogue of failures by the Church of England there in dealing with the situation.

NO ONE reading the Korris report into allegations by a vulnerable adult parishioner who complained about abusive behaviour by a churchwarden in Jersey can fail to be disturbed by a catalogue of failures by the Church of England there in dealing with the situation.

Yet it is being questioned on its role in what is little short of a scandal – the alleged victim ended up being hounded off the island and dumped in the UK with no accommodation or money and is now living rough – that appears to have triggered Jersey’s desire to leave the Diocese of Winchester.

That the established church in Guernsey is considering siding with Jersey and similarly splitting from Winchester is therefore worrying.

The Korris report, commissioned by the diocese’s safeguarding panel, highlights a lack of cooperation with the inquiry process and said that when a review was suggested the Dean of Jersey protested it would clash with the parameters of his role as Judge of the Ecclesiastical Court on Jersey.

What Korris revealed is a marked difference in approach between the Church in England and Jersey over how to pursue abuse complaints and what the average reader would regard as a reluctance by the dean to submit to the writ of the Bishop of Winchester.

Jersey also has a differently functioning clergy discipline regime.

To date, Guernsey’s Church has given little explanation of why it, too, might want to leave Winchester but the inference seems clear.

The established church here enjoys power, influence and privilege. If it does not come under the authority of the Church in the UK, who does it answer to? Can there be any credible reason why Jersey does not demonstrate complete adherence to the safeguarding procedures put in place by the Diocese of Winchester?

Guernsey’s dean angered a number of States members with his foot-dragging over the report into funding parish churches and he has been similarly reluctant to be open about how much they make from charging islanders to verify wills through the Ecclesiastical Court.

As the Royal Court’s website says, ‘a rural dean of equivalent rank in England or Normandy never had the power and freedom that our dean has always enjoyed’.

Splitting from Winchester is all about keeping it that way.

Comments for: "Row is over holding on to power"

Animal Crackers

Keep as much distance as possible.

Following Jersey is madness, & for what gain exactly ?

Jersey has done it's best to lose evidence, cancel the promised CoI into child abuse, then to delay it and then to make it as good a whitewash as they can [can't] get away with.

When they have fully, and under publicly scrutiny, cleansed their dirty laundry then we can think about wrapping ourselves together in a C.I. flag.

We are already one Data Protection Commissioner too close, and she is going to bite the donkey ass.

Guernsey stay well clear as the proverbial crapaud hits the fan. Stand too close and the Innocent get spattered too.

For Jersey the 'writing is on the wall' of it's orphanages and elsewhere:

"raped here 17/9/76 WHO WILL SAVE US"

etc.

etc.

Well it won't be the Jersey church or government/legislature will it.

We have enough problems of our own. Let them flush out their own demons

unless they just let them "retire with dignity" !!!!!