Saturday, January 26, 2008

Frail vicar hauled before Church court

[Times Online] 26 Jan 2008--A 62-year-old clergyman suffering from ill health was suspended and hauled before some of the best legal brains in the Church of England in a long-running dispute over suspicions of "fraud or embezzlement". The allegations against the Rev David Faulks led to a secret ecclesiastical tribunal which met in a chapel at the heart of the west London building which is the headquarters of the worldwide Anglican Communion, representing 77 million souls.

The weight and majesty of the Church's legal system was brought to bear in this way, all because Mr Fauls had failed to keep "full and accurate financial records" - in relation to a few hundred pounds each year to do with the profit made by his parish magazine.

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