Bishop banned from practising after 'allegations by two women'

Peter Hullah
Peter Hullah

A retired bishop has been banned from practising within the Church of England over allegations of misconduct.

Peter Hullah, a former suffragan Bishop of Ramsbury, has been prohibited from all ministry within the Church.

The 73-year-old will no longer be able to officiate at formal ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms and funerals.

A spokesman for Mr Hullah said he had agreed to the sanction in August instead of contesting the allegations before a Church tribunal.

"These allegations have not been brought before any form of tribunal," the spokesman said.

"They are historic matters which have been dealt with by the Church over a period of time and concluded by consent.

"Peter Hullah expresses deep regret to those affected in any way and apologies for any distress caused to anyone involved in this process."

Complaints came from two women

It is understood the complainants were two adult women. Mr Hullah has not been charged with any criminal offence.

He was appointed Bishop of Ramsbury in the diocese of Salisbury in 1999 and held the post until 2005.

Mr Hullah is a former headmaster of Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, which featured in Prof Alexis Jay's Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, while he was leading the school.

A Church of England spokesman said: "We can confirm that Peter Hullah has now been prohibited from ministry for life following a complaint under the clergy discipline measure brought by the national safeguarding team.

"We would like to acknowledge the courage and offer an unreserved apology on behalf of the Church to those who came forward to share their experience; support has been offered to all involved.

"The Church expects the highest standards from those in leadership and there can be no excuses when this does not happen.

"We will continue to listen to all those who come forward and to work together to make the Church a safer place for all."