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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

"Jersey Deanery Synod Demand That Big Brush Be Recalled To Duty"

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Synod: Anglican Church facing great challenge

THE Anglican Church in Jersey is in ‘troubled waters’ as it faces one of the greatest challenges in its history, a meeting of church leaders heard last night.
Although the clergy denied claims of a ‘crisis brewing’ following the effective suspension of the Dean by the Bishop of Winchester last month, the emergency meeting of the Jersey Deanery Synod shared many concerns about his treatment, the legality of the Bishop’s actions and the implications for the Island’s relationship with the Bishop and his diocese.
It was the first time the highest body of the Church of England in the Island had gathered since the Dean, the Very Bob Key, had his commission withdrawn by the Bishop of Winchester in response to a report into his handling of a complaint of inappropriate behaviour against a church warden by a vulnerable young adult made five years ago.


‘Urgent Action’ needed over Dean suspension

Jersey's Anglican church leaders have united to express their concern about how long the island's Dean has been suspended.

The Very Reverend Bob Key is under investigation by the Bishop of Winchester over the way he dealt with a complaint of abuse involving a woman and a church warden.

Last night, the Clergy Chapter in the island adopted the following motion:

"This Deanery Synod expresses its deep concern that the Commission of the Very Reverend Robert Key, Dean of Jersey, should have been withdrawn, and requests the Bishop urgently to proceed with an investigation by an independent judicial figure to establish whether or not any disciplinary process under the 2012 Canons and Ecclesiastical For the Isle of Jersey is required, which investigation Synod would support."

It's more than a month since Bob Key was suspended from his position as Dean by the Bishop.

An investigation will look into safeguarding procedures in the island.

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