Yesterday, I wrote the second part to my last piece about the debasement of the criminal justice system.
It seems to me that the so-called Ministry of “Justice” is failing in its duty. This faddish creation of the Blair government, which fudged its slashing of our constitution, is long past it’s sell-by-date.
We would do well to go back to the old system with that ancient and hallowed title Lord Chancellor (Not sharing the title with Justice Secretary as a fop to silly, old conservatives) at the top of our judicial system. It worked well, like the House of Lords, not because it made sense or was logical but it worked nonetheless. It’s time to recognise that we do not know better than our forefathers.
On the question of abuse within churches, rather than seeing this as a damage limitation exercise, priests and bishops should clothe themselves in sackcloth and beg for the forgiveness of the victims. Many, if not most, of them are not responsible, but as an institution, the Church of England (I’ll let the Catholics talk for themselves) has failed to protect the innocent. It has to admit to its failings without reservation and show that it is repentant. For on the pathway to forgiveness, the first step is confession.
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