A former Archbishop of Canterbury has attacked the church for destroying the reputation of Bishop George Bell over a settled claim of child sex abuse.
Lord Carey said he was "appalled" at the way the church had treated the memory of the revered late wartime bishop and was looking for "ways of re-opening" the case of the former head of the Church of England in Sussex.Why didn’t he speak up sooner, I wonder, when other people were having their reputations traduced on similar historical allegations?
responding to a letter from George Bell's 92-year-old niece, Barbara Whitely, Lord Carey said the church he headed until 2002 has effectively "delivered a ‘guilty’ verdict without anything resembling a fair and open trial".Yes, your worship, that’s how such things are done these days. Didn’t you get the memo?
Funny how you only start squawking when it’s one of your own, isn’t it..?
In his letter to Mrs Whitley, Lord Carey added he hoped "to persuade some people in the media to take this forward".
He added: "Newspapers are sometimes prepared to step forward when powerful organisations crush individuals."Newspapers now often ARE the ‘powerful organisations’ that are crushing individuals.