Bishop Victor Whitsey Investigated for Child Abuse Covered up by CoE

Bishop Victor Whitsey  – Another dead one…

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Chester sources tell me that this godly man was a close friend of Peter Morrison, the Puddington paedophile…

 

 

Former bishop of Chester investigated over abuse allegations

Victor Whitsey, who died in 1987, would have been interviewed over allegations if he were alive, police say

 


https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/101692/operation-coverage-summary-report.pdf

Law firm says the late Victor Whitsey was ‘almost certainly a prolific abuser of children’

17 October 2017

http://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/home/2017/10/17/gallery/former-bishop-of-chester-was-almost-certainly-a-child-abuser-97446/

St. Andrews Scout Troop 1971

“Once again we were called upon to provide a guard of honour for the Bishop of Chester Victor Whitsey who came to confirm 22 candidates. Many of them Scouts.”

http://theandrews.scoutsites.org.uk/files/2013/04/The-History-of-the-Andrews.pdf

They look after their own kind

It was Heath’s prompting that led to the appointment of Whitsey to the see of Chester; who was the first choice of neither of the two archbishops though they both put him on their list; a spare time …

 

https://books.google.com/books?id=V3YcAAAAMAAJ&dq=whitsey+and+ted+heath&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=whitsey

 

 

Thus Edward Heath Whitsey will appoint the Bishop of Chester and Robin Woods, the future Bishop of Worcester, as deacon of Windsor. In these .


https://books.google.com/books?id=soAZBWVfutMC&pg=PA43&lpg=PA43&dq=heath+and+whitsey&source=bl&ots=DqcR6adGzY&sig=HbWgcNGC0eSjRZtFLa4xsRWLvTQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiY7bC6t_zWAhVGSSYKHaY2ApgQ6AEIRTAI#v=onepage&q=heath%20and%20whitsey&f=false

In these two cases Heath marked a preference, habitual at home, for dynamic and smiling men capable of making ardent bishops. Heath also attached himself to the social origins of future prelates. Whitsey – of working-class origin in Lancashire – was a part-time macon and a football player – an unusual profile in the Anglican elite.

https://books.google.com/books?id=soAZBWVfutMC&pg=PA43&lpg=PA43&dq=heath+and+whitsey&source=bl&ots=DqcR6adGzY&sig=HbWgcNGC0eSjRZtFLa4xsRWLvTQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiY7bC6t_zWAhVGSSYKHaY2ApgQ6AEIRTAI#v=onepage&q=heath%20and%20whitsey&f=false

Chester Cathedral

The abusive incidents are said to have occurred when Whitsey was in office, including assaults at Bishop’s House in Chester, and when he was in retirement and living in Lancashire.

The former bishop of Chester, Victor Whitsey, is being investigated 30 years after his death over allegations of sexual abuse in the latest scandal involving high-profile figures in the Church of England.

A lawyer representing four of the alleged victims has claimed the abuse was covered up by the C of E and has called for a independent review.

 

The allegations date from the late 1970s when Whitsey was bishop of Chester, and in the 1980s after he had retired and was living in the diocese of Blackburn.

The C of E said it had supported a police investigation into allegations of sexual offences against children and adults. The police told the church that, had Whitsey still been alive, he would have been interviewed in relation to 10 allegations. Whitsey died in 1987.

In a statement, the archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and the bishop of Chester, Dr Peter Forster, said: “We are deeply sorry and apologise to those individuals who have come forward to share their account of abuse by a bishop in the Church of England who was in a position of power and authority. We appreciate that it is very difficult for individuals to come forward and to give their account.

“Sexual abuse is a heinous crime – and is an absolute and shameful breach of trust. We acknowledge that for survivors the effects of sexual abuse are lifelong. We are offering pastoral support to all those who have come forward and continue to hold them all in our prayers.”

It added: “The church will consider what lessons can be learned from this case and whether any action needs to be taken as a result of what these inquiries have shown.”

Cheshire police said the allegations related to 13 people, five males and eight females. “The abuse is alleged to have taken place whilst the bishop was living and working in Chester and one incident is reported to have taken place outside the county,” a statement said. The police investigation had spanned 13 months, it added.

Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer from Slater and Gordon, which represents four of Whitsey’s victims, said: The abhorrent and disgusting abuse perpetrated by Bishop Whitsey destroyed many lives, driving some to attempt suicide. What is equally abhorrent is that the Church of England knew of his abuse, did nothing to stop it and covered it up. It is crucial that there is now an independent review into Whitsey abuse and who failed to act when they learnt of his heinous behaviour.”

The law firm understands that a complaint was made to the C of E while Whitsey was still serving as bishop of Chester, but it was not passed to police. The church was believed to have been made aware of further allegations following Whitsey’s retirement, but no action was taken.

Slater and Gordon released a statement from one of Whitsey’s alleged victims. It said: “When I met Victor Whitsey I was young, innocent, and naive. I longed for his blessing to achieve my wish of a future as a vicar, serving God and the community. He told me he agreed I had a calling from God. He also told me he had the power to give me everything I wanted in life and the power to take it all away. He then proceeded to abuse me sexually and psychologically. I was powerless to stop him.

“I blamed myself, though I was the only victim and rationalised that it was my fault … I told no one; who would believe a teenage boy’s word against a bishop of the Church of England? I became reclusive and came to the ultimate conclusion. The prospect of ever seeing Victor Whitsey again was so abhorrent to me that I turned my back on my beloved church and my calling to serve God. I self-harmed and have spent a lifetime focusing on resentment and bitterness.

“Twenty years after my abuse, I suffered a complete mental nervous breakdown which included attempted suicide. Because of the sexual abuse I suffered at the hands of Victor Whitsey I lost my faith, my chosen life as a vicar, my self-belief, my freedom from worry and my dignity. Child sex abuse is a crime which stays with you for a lifetime. As a child you don’t understand why or what is happening, but as you grow older you realise the enormity of the abuse and it hurts you all over again – you blame yourself for allowing it – you hate yourself for being weak.

“Since my abuse, not a day has gone by that I have not thought about what happened to me.”

The author of the statement said he hoped there would be a public inquiry “to understand not only what Whitsey did to his victims but to also learn who knew what he was doing, to what extent his actions were intentionally covered up, and who else was complicit in the crimes that he committed, and for which, I continue to suffer every day of my life”.

The church has faced a number of high-profile cases of sexual abuse.

Peter Ball, a former bishop of both Gloucester and Lewes, was jailed in October 2015 for the grooming, sexual exploitation and abuse of 18 vulnerable young men aged 17-25 who had sought spiritual guidance from him between 1977 and 1992. He was released from prison in February after serving 16 months.

A damning independent report, published in June, found that senior figures in the C of E had colluded over a 20-year period with the disgraced former bishop.

The report made harrowing reading, the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said. “The church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward. This is inexcusable and shocking behaviour,” he said.

George Carey, a former archbishop of Canterbury who was criticised in the report, resigned as honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford.

Two years ago, the church issued a formal apology for alleged sexual abuse committed by one of its most senior figures, George Bell, the late bishop of Chichester, who died 57 years ago. It also settled a civil claim brought against Ball by a survivor.

However, critics accused the church of acting improperly and without sufficient evidence, saying Bell’s “condemnation as a paedophile” had irreparably damaged his reputation.

An independent report into the church’s handling of the case is expected to be published next month.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/former-bishop-of-chester-hubert-whitsey-investigated-over-abuse-allegations

George Bell was ‘fond’ of paeodophile bishop Peter Ball and sponsored him for ordination, an inquiry has heard.

As former bishop of Chichester, Bell is considered one of Anglicanism’s heroes. However, it emerged in 2015 the Church of England paid £16,800 to the woman, known as Carol, in a legal settlement after she accused Bell of sexually abusing her as a child.

Now it can be revealed Peter Ball, who was jailed for a string of sex offences against teenagers and young men in 2015, was close friends with Bell.

Peter Ball
Bishop Ball sentenced to 32 months in prison but served only 16 months.

Ball was initially rejected in his attempt to become a priest in 1951 but Bell wrote to the selection panel in support of Ball’s application.

When Ball applied for ordination a second time it was Bell who sponsored him through the process.

In his witness statement to an inquiry investigating child sex abuse within the Church of England, Ball denied that Bell had ‘overruled’ the selection board allowing him to be ordained.

However he said that after his ordination Bell would visit his parish to take services, adding he was ‘aware that he was “fond” of me’.

In response to a question about Bell’s involvement in his ordination, Ball told the inquiry: ‘It is not right therefore to say that Bishop Bell “overruled” the selection board in order for me to be ordained.

Bishop George Bell
Courtesy of Jimmy JamesBishop George Bell is an iconic figure for the Church of England and was bishop of Chichester from 1929 to 1958.

‘Although Bishop Bell had indicated in 1951 in a letter to the first Selection Board who did not recommend me for ministry that he would be “prepared to accept me for ordination” even though the Selection Board had not recommend me for training at that time, that is not how matters proceeded.’

He went on: ‘After theological college, it was Bishop Bell ultimately who did sponsored [sic] me for ordination, but with the approval of the Selection Board. Bishop Bell then placed me in the parish of Rottingdean where I undertook my first curacy.

‘He would visit my curacy on occasion to carry out confirmations and to take services.

‘We had a good working relationship; I was aware that he was “fond” of me. He was someone who I looked up to when I was a young curate starting out in the Church.’

Bell, who died in 1958, was revered by Anglicans before the abuse allegations against him emerged. However a report earlier this year heavily criticised the Church’s handling of the accusations and found it ‘rushed to judgement’ and failed to give proper consideration to Bell’s rights.

But the archbishop of Canterbury refused to back down and said a ‘significant cloud is left over his name’.

Ball went on to become bishop of Lewes in the diocese of Chichester and then bishop of Gloucester. He was accused of gross indecency against a 16-year-old in 1992 but escaped with a police caution after he received backing from a member of the Royal Family and a number of other establishment figures. He was told to step down from his role as a bishop. However he continued to minister in churches and schools until 2010 before he was eventually arrested.

At the age of 83 he was sentenced to 32 months for misconduct in public office and 15 months for indecent assaults in 2015. He was released after serving 16 months.

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has been investigation how the diocese of Chichester handled allegations of child sexual abuse as a case study for the wider Church of England.

In his concluding remarks today solicitor David Greenwood said the CofE was more ‘malign’ than the Catholic Church in its response to abuse and accused it of ‘a conscious effort to treat survivors badly’.

The archbishop of Canterbury in his evidence said he had ‘learnt to be ashamed again of the Church’ and warned child sexual abuse would ‘destroy the Church’ if not addressed.

J Holland‏ @Giantkiller1731

You have only to look at the Archbishop of York..John Sentamu…and recall: 1) he was personally picked by IDI AMIN. 2) IDI AMIN was involved in Genocide of up to 500000 3) AMIN used the law in UGANDA to achiev his aims.

name 1 person u helped in UGANDA..only 500000 were killed….surely u saved someone.

Matthew Ineson‏ @InesonMatthew 13

I’m in Private Eye …! Or more accurately the bishops and appalling safeguarding is. Thank you!




Yet another paedophile from the Royal Artillery – Rev Victor Whitsey


 

Royal Artillery:

PIE leader Lieutenant Peter Righton 1944-48

Major William van Straubenzee 1943-47

Edward Heath 1941 -47

Trevor Denby Lloyd-Hughes 1945

Reginald Prentice 1943

Victor Whitsey 1939-1942

Brigadier M.A. Carthew C.B.E., DSO, Royal Artillery 1945 – 1947 married to Beryl Muir, aka Bee Carthew

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/305th_Infantry_Brigade_(United_Kingdom)

http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/102-laa-light-anti-aircraft-regiment-royal-artillery-336-337-338-batteries.42605/page-4

Cyril Smith, Ted Heath and Baron Reginald Prentice

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2001/jan/22/guardianobituaries.obituaries

Whitsey – a Royal Army chaplain

http://schoolarchivedemo.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/1988_Autumn_Magister.pdf

http://schoolarchivedemo.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Magister_1970_to_1999.pdf

The force identified 13 adult and child alleged victims – five male and eight female – of the late Bishop of Chester Victor Whitsey between 1974 and 1981.

Its report said two victims were aged 13 to 17 and the alleged abuse was carried out in Chester and Lancashire.

A relative, Rachel Whitsey, told the BBC she had no comment to make.

Bishop Whitsey, who was married with children, retired in 1981 and died in 1987.


‘I’d never let him near children’: Leading child sex abuse expert who investigated said she would not trust former Prime Minister Ted Heath were he alive today

  • Dr Elly Hanson says Ted Heath would not meet ‘modern safeguarding criteria’
  • She hit out at the ‘hostile’ response to police enquiry into the late Prime Minister
  • Compared it to the Harvey Weinstein scandal in being late to surface in media

One of four ‘independent scrutineers’ given full access to secret details of child sex allegations against Sir Edward, Dr Hanson praised the ‘professional, thorough and sensitive’ inquiry.

Dr Hanson said: ‘The hostile response by some to the inquiry into Sir Edward Heath is disappointing. To label everyone who comes forward as fantasist is unfair and unhelpful. It sends completely the wrong message to all victims of sexual abuse.

‘As we have seen in the Weinstein case, if they feel they won’t be listened to they will remain silent.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4980996/Child-sex-expert-not-trust-Ted-Heath-children.html

 

Runcie – As a lower-middle-class boy from Liverpool he at first had a hard time of it, but quickly learned form. His platoon and his fellow-officers – among them names like William Whitelaw – soon discovered that he was good company and an amusing and talented mimic.

After returning to Oxford, where he gained a first class degree in Greats and learned a classical liberalism which shaped his thought for the rest of his life, he went to Westcott House, the theological college in Cambridge. There the other ordinands – trained by Kenneth Carey – included Hugh Montefiore, Simon Phipps, Patrick Rodger, Graham Leonard, Stephen Verney and Victor Whitsey

Lord Runcie in same platoon as WIllie Whitelaw and was trained by Kenneth Carey who also trained  Victor Whitsey


1975- the 210th Anniversary

After lacking much ceremony for the 200th birthday of the Church, Mr Denton organised a long programme of special events, with special services and musical presentations in the church.

The Parish Festival series of events was launched on 27th April 1975, with a special service at which the Bishop of Manchester (Rt Rev Patrick C Rodgers) was present. The Poynton Band (now the Vernon Building Society Brass Band) accompanied the organ for a communion service. Other services later were attended by the band and songsters of the Salvation Army, the Choir of St Winifreds (RC) School, and choirs from other local junior schools and the Hazel Grove Male Voice choir.

To remind us that our church was initially consecrated by the Bishop of Chester (when Manchester was a mere parish), the 210th Anniversary Service held on 13th July was conducted by the Bishop of Chester, Rt Rev Victor Whitsey. The Bishop first spoke to the children on temptation, and thanked the congregation for their work and witness.

Mr Denton + Chester

http://shawweb.myzen.co.uk/stephen/thomas4.htm

THE death of society photographerLord Lichfield has evoked happier memories dating back to when he married Lady Leonora Grosvenor at Chester Cathedral 30 years ago.

Up to 20,000 on-lookers turned out to witness the arrival of the bride and groom at the west door in March 1975 along with guests including Lord Lichfield’s cousin, the Queen, the Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret.

Lord Lichfield’s photographic subjects such as actress Joanna Lumley and model Britt Ekland also attended.

Lady Leonora’s father, Sir Robert George Grosvenor, was the fifth Duke of Westminster while her brother Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, was then Lord Grosvenor.

Lord Grosvenor, who inherited the title aged 27 on the death of his father in 1979, was given the task of escorting his sister to the cathedral. His younger sister Lady Jane was also present.

Lichfield, famed for his trendy dress sense, wore a traditional grey morning suit and tails while Lady Leonora, looked beautiful in a Christian Dior gown.

Later the happy couple left by helicopter to spend the night at a London hotel before jetting off to the Caribbean for a 19-day honeymoon. On their return they lived together at Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire.

Lord Lichfield, then aged 35, and Lady Leonora, who was just 26, had three children together, but the romantic dreams of that day did not last and they divorced 11 years later in 1986.

Canon Lawrence Skipper, of Handbridge, who was then the Rector of Eccleston, has a long association with the Grosvenor family and played a supporting role during the service which was taken by the Archbishop of Dublin and also assisted by the Bishop of Chester, Rt Rev Victor Whitsey.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/20000-gathered-see-lord-wed-2903093

1998 Police last week confirmed that the late MP Peter Morrison had been picked up twice and never brought to trial. There appeared to be no trace of either incident in official records.

The Guardian (London, Greater London, England)

02 Jun 1998


The wedding assisted by Whitsey – Lichfield – Wheelyboat director

(Peter’s brother) Charles Morrison acted as deputy lieutenant for Hereford from 1995

CHARLES Morrison was on the left wing of the Conservative Party and a firm supporter of Edward Heath.

The new wheelyboat Sir Charles Morrison

An appointment that gave him special pleasure was chairman of the Handicapped Anglers’ Trust, which provided “wheelyboats” to facilitate wheelchair access, later called the Wheelyboat Trust

http://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/the-hon-sir-charles-morrison-1-712493

Sir Charles Andrew Morrison, of The Wheelyboat Trust

http://www.directorstats.co.uk/director/charles-andrew-morrison/

Wheelyboat directors

Leonora Anson, Countess of Lichfield

born as Leonora Mary Grosvenor, a daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster

attended Shernborne school

Since 1979, the Countess has been an extra lady-in-waiting to The Princess Royal.

Leonora, once touted as a contender in the Prince Charles sweepstakes

Lord Lichfield Focuses on Two Loves—wife Leonora and His Photography

As one of London’s resident rakes in the swinging ’60s, Patrick, the fifth Earl of Lichfield—and a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II—loved beautiful women, glittery nightlife and himself almost as much as he loved photography. He was linked to jet-set beauties such as Britt Ekland, Jane Seymour, Gayle Hunnicutt and Dewi Sukarno; his premarital manifesto concluded that “fidelity is not essential. I’m sure I shall never be completely faithful to one woman.”

Lichfield has always led a somewhat charmed existence. Born in London, he was evacuated during World War II to Scotland’s Glamis Castle just north of Dundee. (His maternal grandfather was the elder brother of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the 83-year-old Queen Mother.)

A few months back he made headlines when several models complained that he had asked them to strip for video auditions so that he could choose subjects for a nude calendar he was planning.

Holiday home on mustique

Lord Lichfield Focuses on Two Loves—wife Leonora and His Photography – Vol. 22 No. 2

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2005/nov/12/guardianobituaries.artsobituaries

https://en.wikipedia.org

/wiki/Leonora_Anson,_Countess_of_Lichfield

Whitsey was good friends with Canon Vanstone…

https://books.google.com/books?id=1e8hAQAAQBAJ&pg=PT8&dq=canon+Whitsey&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiq3uysvvzWAhWRZiYKHUOSATcQ6AEILDAB#v=onepage&q=canon%20Whitsey&f=false

At Halliwell and Kirkholt, Vanstone established a strong influence over the boys’ clubs and his summer holiday camps in Wales, the Western Isles of Scotland and Ireland became famous.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/obituary-canon-bill-vanstone-1079750.html

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Jonathan Denby, cousin of Barbara Hewson, is a convicted FRAUD and close friend of convicted paedophile Harvey Proctor.

After an incident in Central London involving a gunpoint attack on policemen, Denby went on the run.

Whilst on the run, Hewson’s cousin maintained close contact with Proctor and Enoch Powell, often using Bea Carthew as intermediary

It now transpires that Carthew’s husband Brigadier Carthew was a member of the Royal Artillery.

This was at the same time as Bishop Whitsey, Ed Heath, Peter Righton and Straubenzee were all in the Royal Artillery.

Van Straubenzee played a key role at General Synod, had grace-and-favour flat at Lambeth Palace, a short walk from Dolphin Square
  P J‏ @Pamper48 
 “Heath, by now a close friend, promoted van Straubenzee to be Minister of State in the new N.I. Office…”
He was in Ted Heath’s shadow cabinet
Troy

His Far East stint was during Royal Artillary two years bet. 42-47. Probably in Hong Kong.

He was a minister in NI Belfast office during Kincora
1971: In Dept of Education introducing computers.
Truthseeker‏ @thewakeupcall09

Paedophile Sir William van Straubenzee is in Jeffery Epstein’s Black Book


 

Former Tory MP for Wokingham, Sir William van Straubenzee (pictured), who died in 1999, is also among the key figures named

 

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