21 September 2017
The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, said: “It is hard to express the impact that John Bailey’s appalling crimes must have had on the lives of the survivors of his abuse and on their families. I wish to pay tribute to their courage in bringing him to justice.
“I would also like to thank the police for their work on this case and for their continued commitment to Operation Redstone, which was established in response to detailed case reviews carried out by the Bishop’s Safeguarding Team. I want to reassure everyone that our safeguarding work in the diocese includes mandatory training and background checks for all clergy and church officers.
“The public are fully entitled, and deserve, to expect the highest conduct from clergy, who promised solemnly at their ordination to order their lives according to the way of Jesus Christ. We continue to work in partnership with the police and statutory authorities and will leave no stone unturned in bringing to light crimes which have, for whatever reason, remained hidden.”
Any enquiries should be made to:
The Revd Adrian Smith
T: 01522 50 40 37
M: 07885 99 99 07