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Martyn Percy quits the Church of England after long-running dispute

Martyn Percy.(Picture: Eleanor Sanger)

Former Christ Church Dean, Martyn Percy, has introduced his choice to go away the Church of England, calling it an “unsafe place to work”.

Percy was dean of each the Oxford College faculty and cathedral till final month.

He agreed to step down from his place after a settlement was reached in February, ending a long-running displute with the governing physique following a safeguarding criticism.

Talking to The Occasions on the weekend, Percy stated that the dispute had pushed him to the brink of suicide and triggered him to have a “fairly severe breakdown”, which he stated was “largely triggered by” the Bishop of Oxford. 

He has now introduced within the June version of Prospect journal that he’s to go away the Church of England altogether. 

In his article, he stated the Bishop of Oxford “has no accountability, save solely to God”, and described a “tradition of bullying and harassment afflicting many clergy”.

“Within the face of… partisanship, failure to neutrally handle conflicts of curiosity, double requirements and incompetence within the CoE’s safeguarding, I lastly took a call: to go away the Church,” he wrote.

“Although I’ve been ordained for greater than 30 years, and proceed with my religion in God, the Church of England has destroyed any belief I may need had in it. It’s an unsafe place to work.”

He stated that safeguarding within the Church of England was in a “parlous state” and that thousands and thousands have been being wasted on procedures that “lack the skilled requirements one would discover in different spheres”.

He decried the “catastrophic errors” made within the dealing with of different circumstances, together with London priest, Alan Griffin, who took his personal life after unsubstantiated claims of kid abuse. The Church of England later admitted that its failings within the dealing with of this case “led to unreasonable pressures” on Griffin. 

Percy, 59, condemned the present system for coping with complaints and stated “that the Church of England lacks transparency, accountability, exterior scrutiny and, so far as I’m involved, integrity”.

“Victims of abuse typically wait years for investigation or due course of; any individual accused of unspecified abuse may by no means work once more,” he stated.

“There are not any corrective measures in place and there’s no mechanism for attraction. The CoE units and marks its personal homework—and awards itself prime grades.”

The Diocese of Oxford stated in an announcement, “The Bishop of Oxford and plenty of others have gone to appreciable lengths to look after Martyn in his 4 12 months dispute with Christ Church and to make sure honest therapy of all concerned.

“This has included the provide of conversations about future ministry and a means of marking his departure.

“A lot of what has occurred has been inaccurately performed out by supporters of Martyn within the media and on-line. Many individuals have been left broken and damage by their campaigns.”

In an announcement, the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop, Jonathan Gibbs, stated: “We recognise and acknowledge that the state of affairs at Christ Church Oxford has had a major influence on many individuals together with the previous Dean, Dr Martyn Percy.

“We’re dedicated to making sure the Church is a protected place for all by way of skilled safeguarding each nationally and in each diocese.

“The safeguarding processes within the Church of England have improved out of all recognition within the final 10 years however we can’t be complacent.

“The Church now has an Impartial Safeguarding Board, ISB, chaired by a former Youngsters’s’ Commissioner for England.

“Together with Oxford Diocese, we’ve referred Martyn’s safeguarding issues to the ISB for evaluate which shall be each rigorous and impartial.

“Its discovering shall be public save just for safety of susceptible folks.

“As the interior questions at Christ Church are a matter for the school and the college, we is not going to touch upon them.

“Martyn Percy has had an extended and really distinguished service to God by way of his work within the Church of England in lots of roles.

“We’re grateful for what he has carried out and need him nicely sooner or later.”

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