The Anglican Church in Jersey and Guernsey are to be managed by a new diocese, following a historical fall-out over the handling of a safeguarding complaint.
For the past five years, the islands have been managed by Dover, on the instruction of the Archbishop of Canterbury, following the dispute with the islands' original 'home' diocese of Winchester.
From next year, Guernsey and Jersey will fall under the domain of Salisbury.
Timeline of events:
- 2013 (March): Concerns raised over the Anglican Dean The Very Reverend Bob Key's handling of a complaint from a parishioner about abuse she claimed she suffered at the hands of a senior figure in the church. The case was then formally investigated.
- There was then a breakdown in the relationship between the Islands and the Bishop of Winchester following the complaint about Jersey's Dean's handling of the abuse claim.
- 2013 (November): No disciplinary action is taken against Dean Bob Key and the report into the his handling of the claim is kept confidential.
- 2014: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Winchester, the Bishop of Dover and the Deans of Jersey and Guernsey signed an agreement which gave Rt Reverend Trevor Wilmott, then Bishop of Dover, oversight of the Island parishes.
- An Archbishop's Commission then looked at the longer-term relationship between the Islands and the wider Church of England.
- 2016: The Archbishop of Canterbury apologised to Dean Bob Key and his wife Daphne for the hurt they faced. The Bishop of Winchester issued an apology to the alleged abuse victim for everything they were put through.
- 2018: The Archbishop's Commission started its work and visited Jersey and Guernsey meeting with civic and church representatives, including representatives from the Dioceses of Canterbury and Winchester.
- 2019: The Commission makes recommendations which will allow the continued "flourishing" of parishes in the Channel Islands with the wider Church of England. If these recommendations are approved by the General Synod, the Islands authorities and the Privy Council, the oversight by the Bishop of Salisbury would take formal effect by autumn next year (2020).
- Until arrangements are finalised, Bishop Trevor Willmott will continue to oversee Jersey and Guernsey.