We applaud this ruling and the message that it sends. We believe that, when church officials who conceal or enable are held accountable alongside the offending priest, it helps deter future crimes. Church officials who remain silent and fail to report crimes to police must be held responsible as well, both financially and publicly.
Now that this ruling has come down, we hope the brave victim who has endured this long and arduous legal process will be able to continue her healing journey, comforted by the fact that she has taken great strides to protect children, both in the UK and elsewhere.
Right F*cking On, Jeannie! ’Scuse the language, but the elation I feel when I see another of my fellow humans assert that church law is not superior to civil law, I get goosebumps! Carry on!