The Decision of the Independent Reviewer

The Decision of the Independent Reviewer in respect of the PCC’s submission under the Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests (Resolution of Disputes Procedure) Regulations 2014, Regulation 10 was published on the 7th January 2021. The Reviewer found that Bishop Hancock, our Diocesan Bishop, had failed in his duties to the parish under paragraphs 17, 22 and 23 of the Declaration and that Bishop Worsley, the suffragan Bishop of Taunton, had similarly failed in her duties under paragraph 17 of the Declaration. In respect of these aspects, therefore, the PCC’s Grievance was upheld. The Decision was very unsatisfactory in other respects, however, emptying the protections offered to parishes by the Declaration of any practical effect. We set out our concerns as to the Decision here: