Victims of paedophile bishop call for letters from Prince Charles to be made public


Fri 27 Jan 2017

By Premier Journalist

The victims of a paedophile bishop have called for the letters he received from Prince Charles to be made public.

Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester, was found guilty of grooming and abusing 18 male victims at a trial in 2015.

Letters from the Prince have been given to an independent inquiry into the case.

The inquiry, which was launched after Ball was convicted, is examining how the Church of England handled the case.

Clarence House said in a statement yesterday that the content of the letters would have no relevance to the inquiry.

A spokesman for the prince said: “We do not believe that the letters have any bearing on the issues before the inquiry, but we have not objected to them being shared for their consideration.”

Phil Johnson, who was abused by Ball and is now chairman of the Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors groups told the Daily Mail that he believed the letters should be made public.

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