Church v Bishop
"a breakdown in relations"
ITV News has obtained a letter sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury by senior church figures saying things are so bad there's now a breakdown in relations.
It expresses serious concern about the way Bishop Tim Dakin has handled events following a complaint of abuse by a parishioner in Jersey who claimed a church warden had touched her inappropriately.
The letter calls on Archbishop Justin Welby to offer up the services of his Director for Reconciliation at Lambeth Palace to help them "overcome the misunderstanding, miscommunication and breach of confidence and trust that at present lie between us and the Bishop of Winchester."
A report criticised the Dean Bob Key for being slow to take action.
Now the letter to Archbishop says the Bishop of Winchester is putting church politics ahead of the well being of the alleged victim.
The three key points made in the letter on behalf of Jersey's church wardens and church officers are:
1. They argue the report into the Dean's actions breached the alleged victims privacy and placed details of her personal struggle in the public domain.
2. Church figures in Jersey reaffirm their "admiration and respect" for the work of the Dean.
3. The Bishop of Winchester is placing the politics of the current issue ahead of the need for the church to look after the vulnerable.