Church Conspired with Sex Abuse Bishop

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Senior figures in the Church of England conspired with a former bishop who abused young men, an independent review has found.

Peter Ball, who is now 85, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 after admitting sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men.

The former bishop of Lewes and bishop of Gloucester carried out the abuse between the 1970s and 1990s. Yup, you read that right, and it is now 2017.

Dame Moira Gibb’s review criticises ex-Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey.

He accepted the criticism and apologised to Ball’s victims.

The review found Lord Carey received seven letters from families and individuals following the arrest and cautioning of Ball in 1992 for gross indecency – when he stood down as bishop of Gloucester – but failed to pass six of them to the police.

He also chose not to put Ball on the Church of England’s “Lambeth List”, which names clergymen about whom questions of suitability for ministry have been raised.

Ball was given funds authorised by Lord Carey to support him.

Lord Carey also wrote to Ball’s identical twin brother, Michael Ball – another bishop – in 1993 saying: “I believed him to be basically innocent”.