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Frank Cranmer and David Pocklington

IICSA: Statement from Archbishop of Canterbury

The following statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury has been issued.

Statement from Archbishop of Canterbury on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA


“I welcome the official confirmation today from IICSA that I will be called as a witness, along with others, at its first public hearing into the Anglican Church, focusing on Chichester Diocese. The Church of England was one of the first institutions to call for the Inquiry and IICSA notes that allegations of child sexual abuse within the Anglican Church are matters of ongoing public concern. I know that for the survivors who are brave enough to give their testimony, this will be a very difficult time and I pray that the lessons we learn from the Inquiry will help make the Church a safer place for all. I am absolutely committed to supporting the work of IICSA and responding openly and constructively as a witness.”



The full timetable for the final week’s hearing  of the IICSA into the extent of any institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse within the Anglican Church was published yesterday.

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "IICSA: Statement from Archbishop of Canterbury" in Law & Religion UK, 17 March 2018, http://www.lawandreligionuk.com/2018/03/17/iicsa-statement-from-archbishop-of-canterbury/

Lambeth Conference 2020

The Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) reports  that the theme for the Lambeth Conference in 2020 is to be “God’s Church for God’s World: walking, listening and witnessing together”. Details have been announced on a new webpage which went live today. A more detailed website is being designed and will go live later this year.

The Lambeth Conference will take place from 24 July to 3 August in 2020 at the University of Kent in Canterbury. More than 900 bishops from around the world will be invited to attend, along with their spouses.

IICSA: Some legal views

Evidence from “a venerable ecclesiastical lawyer”

On 13 March, the IICSA inquiry on the extent of any institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse within the Anglican Church heard evidence from the Revd Canon Dr Rupert Bursell QC (referred to as “Dr Bursell” by Ms Fiona Scolding QC in the transcript and in this post) and others.  Continue reading

The Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper and sharia

HMG has published its promised Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper. The proposals are wide-ranging and subject to a consultation (with some very general questions, almost for discussion rather than factual responses) which closes on 5 June. We shall no doubt be returning to this subject in future posts, but we thought it might be helpful to report the proposals on nikah weddings. Continue reading

Polygamy in Canada: “non-polygamy” in the US

We venture across the Atlantic only rarely, but two cases about polygamy have come to our attention – thanks to Donlu Thayer and Howard Friedman – that, coincidentally, are almost mirror-images.

In R v Blackmore 2017 BCSC 1288 (CanLII) in July 2017, the Supreme Court of British Columbia found Winston Blackmore and James Oler guilty of practising polygamy, contrary to s.293(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, for which the maximum penalty is five years’ imprisonment. Continue reading