Former Archbishop Of Canterbury Suspended Over Abuse Inquiry

The Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has been suspended over his link to an abuse inquiry.

His Permission to Officiate (PTO) has been revoked, a requirement for any Church of England priest to preach or minister.

An Independent Inquiry is currently underway into the Church of England’s handling of allegations of against Mr Smyth QC, who died last year aged 77.

Mr Smyth was accused of attacking boys whom he had met at a Dorset Christian camp in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Church of England said new evidence linking Lord Carey, 84, to a review into allegations of abuse against the late John Smyth had emerged.

A spokesman for the Diocese added:

“However, for the avoidance of doubt, we wish to make clear that the new information received relates only to the review currently underway, and that there has not been an allegation of abuse made against Lord Carey.”

Lord Carey previously had his PTO revoked by the Church of England after a damning independent report found he had colluded with the convicted abuser Peter Ball, a former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester.

Ball was jailed in 2015, more than 20 years after the allegations that were made against him were largely ignored or downplayed by the church.

He was later granted a PTO by the diocese in 2018, allowing him to preach at the church where he worships, conditional on no further concerns coming to light.

Lord Carey’s PTO has been withdrawn while the matter is being investigated and he is unauthorised to undertake any form of ministry in the Diocese until further notice.

In a statement Lord Carey said:

“I am bewildered and dismayed to receive the news a short time ago that due to ‘concerns’ being raised during the review of John Smyth QC I have had my PTO revoked.”

“I have been given no information on the nature of these ‘concerns’ and have no memory of meeting Mr Smyth.”

 

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