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Prince Charles supported arrested paedophile bishop

Vati Leaks - Monday, November 19, 2012
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The UK’s escalating child-abuse scandal is rattling the windows at Buckingham Palace, home of the Sovereign Head of the Church of England, Queen Elizabeth II. Last week, Sussex police arrested 80 year-old Right Rev Peter Ball, former bishop of Gloucester, on suspicion of eight sex offences against boys and young men in the late Eighties and Nineties, after carrying out a ‘comprehensive and painstaking’ analysis of internal church files ‘relating to certain child safeguarding issues within the Chichester diocese from between 20 and 25 years ago’ (Guardian).

In a shock revelation, it then emerged that Prince Charles, heir to the throne and future head of the Church of England, invited the bishop to free use of ‘Manor Lodge’, a property in the Somerset village of Aller owned by Charles’ private estate, the Duchy of Cornwall. The offer of sanctuary was made after Bishop Ball of Langport, Somerset, resigned in disgrace as Bishop of Gloucester in 1993 after police cautioned him for committing acts of gross indecency against a 17-year old trainee monk. A later BBC news report stated that, despite the police warning, Ball continued to work in churches until 2010.

Bishop Ball, who once called Prince Charles a ‘loyal friend’, is believed to be the most senior figure in the Church of England to be arrested in connection with a sex abuse investigation.


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