he Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Winchester, the Bishop of Dover and each of the Deans of Jersey and
Guernsey signed an Agreement to give effect to the interim oversight arrangements. It is not known what the actual wording is but apparently it will allow for the Bishop of Dover to have temporary
Episcopal oversight of Jersey and Guernsey and ending
the link. Winchester
There are a number of issues arising from the Agreement and one must ask why it was deemed necessary and is it not hypercritical? On one hand the Church of England preaches the virtue of loving thy neighbour and seeking peace and conciliation yet it has two of its senior members not only acting as spoilt children by not practising what they preach but causing a 500 year split from Winchester without any thought of the thousands of ordinary church goers and the general public whose offerings and taxes pay for their keep and salaries.
Just what is the Archbishop of Canterbury playing at? In his press release he said: “I am delighted that we have found a way forward which engages the full support of everyone concerned, and which will enable the ministry and mission of the Church of England to flourish in the Channel Islands while acknowledging on the long and complex history of the Islands’ relationship to the Church on the mainland, and I look forward to doing so from the secure understanding we have now reached.”
Who are the everyone concerned, it would be unforgivable if they just happened to be the five people signing the Agreement. What consultation has there been with the congregations within the Diocese, don’t their views count for anything?
To many readers the Agreement has more to do with appeasement than leadership. It is a sell out which is akin to Neville Chamberlain’s “Peace in Our Time remark.” Does the Archbishop not see the harm being caused by the split and also the message going out that personalities are more important than principles?
There are a number of outstanding issues which include the completion of the Gladwin and Steel Investigations. Does the Agreement transfer the oversight of the Visitation to Bishop Trevor? What about the promise to help HG and for her to give her account of events. What about the promised transcript following my meeting with Dame Heather. What about the Safeguarding issues, does
Jersey follow the
Canons Law or the ? Are these
issues included in the Agreement? Church of England
One would have hoped that in the spirit of openness and transparency the Agreement would have been published at the time the Archbishop of Canterbury circulated his press release. I have emailed both Bishops requesting a copy but do not expect a reply as they have ignored my previous emails relating to other issues.
We may not know what is in the Agreement but there is one person who is overjoyed with its contents and that’s the Dean who can’t wait to work with Bishop Trevor. However the Dean seems to be oblivious to the fact that the split from
hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on the Visitation and other related
issues stem from his handling of HG’s complaint against a Church Warden in
Also he was party to HG's arrest and deportation from
Jersey and left
destitute in . In his
interview on England Radio Jersey on Tuesday the Dean asks that we pray for Bishop Trevor but conveniently ignores HG who is the real
victim. Where is love thy neighbour and peace
and conciliation, where is the Christianity?
Jersey on Tuesday morning Matthew Price
interviewed the Dean about the Agreement which can be heard by clicking here.
I am grateful to BBC
Jersey for the link and inform readers
that I shall be appearing on Radio
Jersey after the news on
Sunday morning to discuss the events over the past year I understand that the Bishop of Winchester has been invited to participate, I hope he will accept the invitation.