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Abusive CoE vicar “untouchable,” admits his parish

Abusive CoE vicar “untouchable,” admits his parish

A leading opponent of women and homosexuals ministering in the Church of England abused young men seeking spiritual guidance.

The Telegraph:

A former leading evangelical vicar subjected almost 30 victims to ice baths, naked beatings and sex acts, because his church created a culture where he was “untouchable”, it has admitted.

Jonathan Fletcher, 78, who was lauded as one of the Church of England’s senior leaders in the conservative evangelical constituency, was unmasked in 2019 as an abuser by The Telegraph, which also revealed that he had continued to preach around the world despite being banned two years earlier.

…his former church, Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon (ECW), in south-west London, ordered an independent review into his tenure as vicar from 1982 until his retirement in 2012. Following the publication of the report on Tuesday, ECW issued an unprecedented apology “for our failure to provide effective internal and external accountability” and for allowing “Fletcher to be untouchable, which failed his victims”.

The statement comes amid warnings that the 27 victims who came forward to the review are “just the tip of the iceberg”.

Fletcher is a former trustee of Reform, a group within the Church of England that opposes the ministry of women and homosexuals in the Church.

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