From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Home Office defends Butler-Sloss amid claims of abuse cover-up
Reports claim retired judge excluded victim’s account of alleged abuse by bishop in review because she ‘cared about the Church’
Shane Hickey and agencies
Saturday 12 July 2014 12.35 BST
The Home Office has again been forced to defend the appointment of Lady Butler-Sloss to run the inquiry into allegations of historical child abuse amid claims she refused to go public about a bishop implicated in a scandal.
The retired high court judge is reported to have told a victim of alleged abuse that she did not want to include some of his allegations in a review of how the Church of England dealt with two paedophile priests because she “cared about the Church” and “the press would love a bishop“.
The Home Office has again insisted it stands by the crossbench peer’s appointment “unreservedly”. Earlier this week it was forced to defend the appointment when critics pointed out that her late brother, Sir Michael Havers, was attorney general from 1979 to 1987 when some of the controversy over the failure to prosecute child abuse cases could have arisen.
Butler-Sloss insisted in a statement that she had never put the reputation of an institution ahead of justice for victims.
“Throughout many years of public service I have always striven to be fair and compassionate, mindful of the very real suffering of those who have been victims of crime or other injustice. I have never put the reputation of any institution, including the Church of England, above the pursuit of justice for victims,” the statement said.
The Times reports that her comments came during a meeting with Johnson when she was in charge of an investigation into how the church handled allegations of abuse. He made allegations against Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and bishop of Gloucester, who was subsequently charged with two counts of indecent assault and one of misconduct in a public office. A trial is expected to take place in November.
She said she would “prefer not to refer to him”, according to the report, but would bring up the allegations in private correspondence to the archbishop of Canterbury. Johnson accepts she passed on his allegation.
The inquiry into paedophile allegations in Parliament has been designed to hide the truth, says STEVEN WALKER: here.
Questions over Labour peer’s letters to care home boy.’I miss you,’ Labour MP wrote to teenager who alleges he was abused in 1970s: here.