Bishop Carey to resign over his neglect in the Ball abuse case


The Rt. Rev. Dr. Steven Croft has released the following statement:

“I have met with Lord Carey following the Archbishop’s letter to him. In light of Dame Moira Gibb’s review into the Peter Ball case, Lord Carey has resigned from his role as honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford. Lord Carey has accepted the criticisms made of him in the Gibb review and has apologised to the victims of Peter Ball.

He said in his statement on Thursday: “I accept the criticisms made of me. I apologise to the victims of Peter Ball. I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind those allegations. I regret that after Peter Ball was cautioned I did not place his name on the Lambeth list.”

Along with many others, I have been deeply distressed to read Dame Moira Gibb’s report with its narrative of the abuse perpetrated by Peter Ball which remained hidden for so long.  I hope that the focus of attention will continue to be on the survivors of abuse and offering to them the care and support they need.

As the Diocese of Oxford we are committed to improving continually the quality of safeguarding and care and will seek to learn the lessons of Dame Moira Gibb’s review and put its recommendations into practice”.

Archbishop Welby had asked for Lord Carey’s resignation. The review revealed that Lord Carey had received several letters from victims and their families detailing abuse by Ball, but Carey had failed to pass them on to the police. After retiring, Lord Carey had become Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford.

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  1. Short on contrition for the harm he has done to the Christian church.

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  2. There is an excellent discussion of the Ball case and the dynamics of power and abuse on the Surviving Church blog, which is written by a retired Church of England priest, Stephen Parsons. Check it out at

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  3. By the way, the Gibb report is a useful read for anyone concerned about abuse in church. While accurately described as "harrowing," it illustrates just how unhealthy the family system can become, and how much abuse is not per se sexual, but instead relational.

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