Former Chichester bishop George Bell abused young child

Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral

0
Have your say

The Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner has today apologised after former diocese bishop George Bell was revealed as a paedophile.

The Right Reverend George Bell died in 1958 and he was Bishop of Chichester from 1929 until his death.

The apology follows the settlement of a legal civil claim regarding sexual abuse.

“The allegations against Bell date from the late 1940s and early 1950s and concern allegations of sexual offences against an individual who was at the time a young child,” said the statement from the diocese.

Following settlement of the claim, the Right Reverend Warner wrote to the survivor formally apologising and expressing his ‘deep sorrow’, acknowledging that ‘the abuse of children is a criminal act and a devastating betrayal of trust that should never occur in any situation, particularly the church’.

UPDATE: Abuse victim’s 1995 complaint against deceased bishop ‘not properly listened to’

Bishop Luffa urged to rename house after George Bell revelation

MARTIN WARNER: “We are all diminished by what we are being told”

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.chichester.co.uk/

2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChichesterObserver

3) Follow us on Twitter @Chiobserver

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Chichester Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.

Back to the top of the page