Oxfordshire vicar who spiritually abused boy banned from ministry

Source: The Guardian

BY Religion correspondent

A Church of England vicar has been banned from ministry for two years after being found guilty of spiritually abusing a teenage boy.

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The Rev Tim Davis, vicar of Christ Church, Abingdon, in Oxfordshire, has been “prohibited from the exercise of holy orders” by a church tribunal panel that met on Saturday.

If the clergyman wishes to return to ministry at the end of the ban he will need to undergo formal risk assessment, the diocese of Oxford said.

Davis was found guilty in January of “conduct unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of a clerk in holy orders through the abuse of spiritual power and authority over a person then aged 15-16”.

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