The Home Office has again been forced to defend the appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss to run an inquiry into allegations of an establishment cover-up of child abuse amid claims she refused to go public about a bishop implicated in a scandal.
According to The Times (£), the retired judge told a victim of alleged abuse that she did not want the claims to be in the public domain because "the press would love a bishop".
Her comments were reportedly made in 2011 during a meeting at the House of Lords with Phil Johnson, who was abused by priests when he was a choirboy, the newspaper said.
In a statement, Lady Butler-Sloss said she had always "striven to be fair and compassionate", towards victims of crime. She added: "I have never put the reputation of any institution, including the Church of England above the pursuit of justice for victims".
The Baroness says she did not consider the "difficulties" caused by her background and family connections to the child sex abuse inquiry.
Questions have been raised of former High Court judge Baroness Butler-Sloss since her appointment last week.
22 police officers are now assigned to Operation Fernbridge - the probe into claims of a Westminster cover-up of sex child abuse.