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Former archbishop could face "explicit criticism" in abuse inquiry

Wed 19 Oct 2016
By Aaron James

The chair of the national inquiry into child abuse has said former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey could face "explicit criticism" for the way he dealt with a paedophile bishop.

Peter Ball (below), now 84, pleaded guilty last year to assaulting two young men and using his position to do the same to others whilst the Bishop of Lewes.

The Old Bailey heard that when police initially investigated in 1992 he escaped prosecution. He received a caution and retired from ministry in 1993.

There have been claims that Lord Carey (main picture) helped covered up the child abuse of former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball.

Lord Carey has always denied this and has applied to be personally represented in the national abuse inquiry, rather than by the Church of England, to avoid a conflict of interest.

John Stillwell/PA Wire

Bishop Peter Ball


According to The Times Professor Jay said in a ruling: "The inquiry will consider the extent to which any failings identified in relation to the Diocese of Chichester and Peter Ball are representative of wider failings within the Church of England...

"It is possible that Lord Carey, in his capacity as former Archbishop of Canterbury, may be subject to explicit criticism by the inquiry in due course."

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