Former Bishop of Gloucester jailed after admitting sex abuse

A retired Church of England bishop has been jailed at the Old Bailey for 32 months after admitting sexual assaults. Peter Ball, a retired Bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester, lives in Somerset.

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Church of England: 'We offer an unreserved apology'

The Church of England have issued a statement after the former of Bishop of Gloucester admitted sexually assaulting young men:

We offer an unreserved apology to all the survivors and those affected by this news. We commend the bravery of those who brought these allegations forward, acknowledging how difficult and distressing this would have been.

The Church of England always takes any allegations of abuse very seriously and is committed to being a safe place for all. To this end we have robust procedures and policies in place. But we can never be complacent. Any survivors or those with information about church-related abuse must always feel free to come forward knowing that they will be listened to in confidence.

– Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

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