International news briefs for January 16, 2015

The Suffragan Bishop of Maryland, the Rt. Rev. Heather Cook (58) surrendered to police last Friday after Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the bishop would face criminal charged in connection with the death of cyclist Richard Palermo on 27 Dec 2014.  If convicted, Bishop Cook could face up to ten years imprisonment. The […]

Trial date set for Bishop Peter Ball

The former Bishop of Gloucester will face two additional charges of indecent assault office when he stands trial on 14 January 2015 the Crown Prosecution Service announced last week. On 1 August 2014 the Rt. Rev. Peter Ball was arraigned via videolink from the Brighton Court before the Lewes Crown Court to respond to charges […]

International news briefs July 4, 2014

The Archbishop of Melbourne the Most Rev. Philip Freier has been elected to the ceremonial post of Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia. On 28 June 2014 the lay and clergy members of the Panel of Electors and the House of Bishops met at St Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide and elected Fr. Freier. By […]

Overseas news briefs June 13, 2014

Bishop Renato Abibico of Northern Luzon has been elected the 5th Prime Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines at the 9th meeting of the Regular Synod of the ECP held at Trinity University of Asia in Quezon City on 14 May 2014. Educated at Trinity College in Quezon City and the […]

Stockport vicar arrested for rape

The Diocese of Chester has confirmed that the vicar of St Michael and All Angels Church Bramhall in Stockport, the Rev. Simon March (54) has been arrested by the Greater Manchester Police on suspicion of rape. A spokesman for the diocese told CEN: “We are shocked and surprised at the arrest of the Vicar of […]

Sussex cleric banned for life

The Diocese of Chichester has banned a retired clergyman imprisoned for child abuse in 2013, the Rev. Wilkie Denford, from “ministerial practice for life.” On 21 March 2014 the diocese released a statement saying: “Following the conclusion of criminal proceedings and a subsequent statutory disciplinary process under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003, sentences of prohibition […]

Lifetime ban on 2 Chichester clergy imposed

Two Chichester clergymen jailed for child abuse have been given a life-time ban on exercising any functions on ordained ministry. On 14 February 2014 the Rt. Rev. Martin Warner said that in light of the conclusion of the criminal cases against the Revs Gordon Rideout and Robert Coles and their subsequent incarceration, the ban had […]

No charges for Bishop Ball

The former Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt. Rev. Peter Ball, who was arrested in November 2012 on suspicion of child abuse, has not been charged following an 18 month investigation by detectives from Sussex Police. On 28 Jan 2014, the Crown Prosecution Service said it was still considering the case against Bishop Ball, who was […]

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