Church bans bishop in sex abuse case

Posted: 23rd November 2022

An Anglican bishop has been banned for life from all ministry after admitting sexual misconduct.

Peter Hullah, 73, was Bishop of Ramsbury from 1999 until 2005 and the claims were considered serious enough for Church of England officials to refer him to the police. The incidents involving women relate to one in 1985 and one in 1999, the Daily Mail reported.

Hullah worked as a chaplain and housemaster at Sevenoaks School in Kent between 1982 and 1985. He was headmaster of Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester in 1992-99.

The complaints against him were made to church officials in 2019. He has not been charged with any offence but the decision to unfrock him was taken this summer by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The sanction is considered the most serious that can be imposed by the church in cases of misconduct. It is known as the clergy discipline measure.

A church spokeswoman issued an “unreserved apology” to the victims and acknowledged their courage in coming forward. She said: “The church expects the highest standards from those in leadership and there can be no excuses when this does not happen.”

A spokesman for Hullah said: “Peter expresses deep regret to those affected in any way and apologises for any distress caused to anyone involved.”


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