Methodist Church in Britain apologises for ‘grief and shame’ in failing to protect children and adults after 2,000 reports of abuse dating back decades
- Review identified 1,885 past cases of sexual, physical and other abuses
- One in four cases perpetrated by church staff or lay employees
- Police were only brought in on 61 of these cases – six are ongoing cases
- Rev Dr Martyn Atkins calls it ‘deep source of grief and shame to church’
The Methodist Church yesterday made an ‘unreserved’ public apology for failing to protect children and vulnerable adults after an investigation uncovered nearly 2,000 cases of abuse within the institution.
The independent inquiry revealed 1,885 cases of alleged abuse linked to the church in Britain, the largest proportion of which were of a sexual nature, dating back to the 1950s.
The 100-page report also disclosed that many serving church ministers and staff helped to protect colleagues who carried out abuse.
Shocking: The Methodist Church in Britain has today apologised for failing to deal with nearly 2,000 reports of physical and sexual abuse since the 1950s
One case concerned the grooming of teenage girls on Facebook while another involved a minister allegedly making sexual advances to children. Methodist general secretary, the Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, said the cases of abuse would remain ‘a deep source of grief and shame to the church’.
He said: ‘On behalf of the Methodist Church in Britain I want to express an unreserved apology for the failure of its current and earlier processes fully to protect children, young people and adults from physical and sexual abuse inflicted by some ministers.’
He described as ‘deeply regrettable’ the fact that the church had not always listened properly to abuse victims and had not always cared for them.
Report chairman Jane Stacey, former deputy chief executive of children’s charity Barnardo’s, called for a culture change in the church. Ministers of religion were in an almost unique position of trust at very vulnerable times in people’s lives, she told Radio 4’s Today programme.
Report: The independent review, which has taken three years and was led by former Barnardo’s deputy chief executive Jane Stacey, pictured, considered all safeguarding cases for which there were written records
The church commissioned the review, which took three years to complete, because it said it wanted to be open about the past and to have stronger safeguarding procedures in the future.
It received 2,556 responses and identified 1,885 cases, including alleged sexual, physical, emotional and domestic abuse, as well as cases of neglect.
Complaints of sexual abuse accounted for 914 cases and ministers or lay employees were involved in 26 per cent of the alleged cases.
In 61 of these cases there was contact with the police and there are six ongoing police investigations as a result. There were 200 Methodist ministers identified as perpetrators or alleged perpetrators within the report.
It also identified that there was a problem with those working in the Methodist Church being unable to believe or act on allegations against their colleagues. Worryingly, the report revealed that the number of perpetrators has remained consistent over the past 12 years and shows ‘no sign of decline’.
One abuse survivor said: ‘I have learnt that it is impossible to recover from sexual abuse when no one recognises the seriousness of it. My church did not want a scandal, my parents did not want a scandal.
‘I was left to feel worthless and devalued, while the man was left to get on with his life and for all I know repeat the crime with someone else. I was emotionally and physically devastated.’
A LIFETIME OF SUFFERING IN SILENCE
Stories of the suffering of victims made up a large section of the report into abuse.
One unnamed man attended a Methodist-founded school and was abused by a teacher who would take him into his private room.
He felt unable to speak about what had happened to him until the report gave him an opportunity to come forward.
‘I just hated every minute of it,’ he told the BBC. ‘The teacher involved would come into my dormitory in his dressing gown and shout my name and I would be taken to his room where I was probably there for 15, 20, 25 minutes per time.
‘I tried to put everything in the back of my mind and disbelieve what happened.’ Another victim, now in her 50s, told the review she had been groped by a Methodist minister’s husband between the ages of 12 and 14. Despite reporting the incident, it seems no action was taken and the man went on to abuse again.
In another case, a Methodist minister who was jailed for sexually assaulting children was allowed to retire on compassionate grounds. The report said: ‘This has caused great offence to his victims.’
Many of the cases involved Methodist workers and ministers who were caught molesting young boys or having indecent images and returned to the church to continue the abuse.
Nichola Marshall, head of international abuse at law firm Leigh Day, said: ‘It has taken my clients over 30 years to have the courage to come forward with their allegations of abuse against the Methodist Church.
‘They welcome this public acknowledgment by the Methodist Church as they have faced criticism and disapproval from members of the community for speaking out in the past.
‘It must never again be the case that the reputation of institutions take precedence over the welfare of society’s most vulnerable.
‘Faith-based organisations have a huge responsibility to ensure the trust they demand of followers is not misused by those who seek out positions of responsibility to prey on the vulnerable.’
According to a BBC panorama documentary the Vatican have a secret document known as Crimen Sollicitationis or Crime of Solicitation which is a document written in 1962 that tells priests how to deal with priests who solicit sex from the confessional. The document also deals with obscene external acts with youths of either sex ie child abuse.
The BBC report that this document seemed to shelter the paedophile and silence the victim of abuse within the church, an oath of silence or Secret of the Holy Office was written into the document. Priests were ordered to keep the document locked away secret in the church safe, it is an instruction to the investigating priest of how to silence the paedophile, the victim and any witnesses, breaking the oath in the document brings with it a penalty of excommunication from the Catholic church.
According to the BBC it was reported paedophile & ritual child murderer Pope Benedict XVI (Pope Ratzinger) who was in charge of enforcing Crimen Sollicitationis for 20 years.
In the same documentary a former member of the Catholic church who has a doctorate in canon law and five separate master’s degrees Father Thomas P Doyle, who was sacked for criticizing the Catholic Church handling of child abuse said “Crimen Sollicitationis is indicative of a world wide policy of absolute secrecy and control of all cases of sexual abuse by the clergy“.
Father Doyle goes on to say “But what you really have here is an explicit written policy to coverup cases of child sexual abuse by the clergy, to punish those who would call attention to these crimes by church men, you’ve got a written policy that says the Vatican will control these situations and you also have I think clear written evidence of the fact that all they’re concerned about is containing and controlling the problem“.
“nowhere in any of these documents does it say anything about helping the victims, the only thing it does is say they can impose fear on the victims and punish the victims for discussing or disclosing what had happened to them“.
“There’s no policy to help the victims, there’s absolutely no policy to help those who are trying to help the victims, and there’s an unwritten policy to lie about the existence of the problem”.
“Then as far as the perpetrators the priests when they are discovered the systemic response has been not to investigate and prosecute but to move them, to move them from one place to another in a secret way and not reveal why they are being moved”.
“So there’s total disregard for the victims, total disregard for the fact that you’re going to have a whole new crop of victims in the next place. Now this is not just in the United States this is happening this is all over the world. You see the same pattern and practice no matter what country you go to“.
“The Vatican has no child protection policy the only policy they have is to protect the perpetrators, to protect the Vatican, to cover this up, to keep it as deeply buried in secrecy as possible and to prevent as much damage to the institution as possible, so it’s damage control“
Patrick Wall was a former Benedictine Monk who was a Vatican approved enforcer of Crimen Sollicitationis says that “I was part of the system that was getting chewed up and being used, deceptively, and it was a real dark night of the soul. Everything that I had trained for, you know well over a decade to do I found out that I wasn’t working for a Holy institution but an institution that was wholly concentrated on protecting itself“.
When a priest was accused of sexual abuse the abuser was slipped quietly away and Father Wall was moved in.
Wall reports that “Most of the cases never saw light of day, hence we were successful. That is really the ultimate definition of success for the church when it comes to a case of sexual abuse of a minor that no one ever finds out about it, that it gets shut down, that it’s kept quiet, if a payoff is needed or some kind of settlement is needed it’s done. We had a $7 million budget in 1996 to do such things, and but the thing we had to have was a confidentiality order, where it absolutely had to be agreed that everything was quiet and you worked with the victims the best you can but the ultimate desire is to maintain stability, peace and calm. And the biggest thing you have to do is absolutely shut down the scandal“.
Former Phoenix District Attorney Rick Romley made the following statement “I will tell you, that the secrecy, the obstruction that I saw during my investigation was unparalleled in my entire career as a DA here in Phoenix Arizona. It was so difficult to obtain any information from the church at all, in fact we knew of certain meetings that had taken place and yet no documentation was ever produced to be able to you know show that, that meeting had ever occurred“.
“You know when we started looking at it, I mean it was really interesting. I mean we came across in the, in the Cannes, for the church, there are supposed to be secret archives to where this type of material is to be provided and not given to civil authorities, no matter what the circumstances. We had information that there was an instruction from the denuncial who is Ambassador status to ship all this you know incriminating type of information to him, because under the law we could not subpoena that material because he would have protected status as an Ambassador from the Vatican. I think that that’s really what the story is, is that the Church, the Church’s failure to acknowledge such a serious problem, but more than that, it is not a passiveness, it was an openly obstructive way of not allowing civil authorities to try and stop the abuse within the church, I mean they fought us every step of the way“.
In a video from former Christian Pastor, Anthropologist, Political Scientist Kevin Annett “The very week that we exposed, if you remember the announcement that came last Monday, when Joseph Ratzinger went to London the first visit of a pope to England in history, on September 16th 2010 he went to Holyrood Council to meet with Queen Elizabeth and they were closeted in there for about a day or two, it turns out that from the same source, we discovered that Queen Elizabeth actually agreed to place all Anglican clergy under the Catholic policy known as Crimen Sollicitationis. That basically orders Anglican priests now along with Catholic priests to coverup child abuse. What she just did by that was violated her coronation oath where she swore to protect the citizens of England. She has agreed now to coverup child rape, this is like an official criminal conspiracy and naturally us exposing that puts them in a really dangerous position, she should under British law now be forced to abdicate she and all her heirs because shes you know completely committed treason in effect“.
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