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Clergy Discipline Measure

First published on: 25th April 2020

In 2003 the Church of England amended the law relating to ecclesiastical discipline and introduced a statutory framework and a formal process of clergy discipline for serious misconduct.

A helpful summary with all the relevant legislation guidance and forms can be accessed on the national Church of England website

The Diocese of Manchester complies with the guidance issued by the Clergy Discipline Commission for publishing notices of penalties imposed upon its clergy by the disciplinary tribunal or the Diocesan Bishop in those cases where there has been no disciplinary tribunal.

Penalties imposed by the Diocesan Bishop

Name

Penalty

Date

Description

John Graham Simmons

(1) Limited prohibition for 3 years
(2) Resignation

29.02.2020

19.03.2020

Sending sexually inappropriate multi-media messages to an adult experienced as sexual harassment

John Graham Simmons

Limited prohibition for 2 years

29.02.2020

Sending inappropriate lewd and sexually suggestive multi-media messages to an adult

 

Barbara Christopher

Injunction

31.03.2021

Failed to comply with Canon B35 paragraph 3

Never to officiate at a marriage service outside canonical hours

 

Ian Charles Johnson Gorton

1. Limited prohibition for two years

2. Revocation of licence

 

17.01.2022

 

Inappropriate use of a messaging service using a false identity and sending a sexual image to a third party

 

 
Penalties imposed by the Disciplinary Tribunal: none 
 
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