Source: New York Times
By Ellen Barry
In an unusually tough rebuke of Prince Charles, an inquiry concluded that “the actions of the Prince of Wales were misguided.”
LONDON — Prince Charles misused his influence to shield Peter Ball, a former Anglican bishop and old friend, from punishment after the cleric had admitted sexually abusing a young novice, an independent inquiry found this week.
In an unusually tough rebuke of the future king, the inquiry concluded that “the actions of the Prince of Wales were misguided.”
“He should have recognized the potential effect that his apparent support for Peter Ball could have had upon decision-making within Lambeth Palace,” the headquarters of the Anglican Church, concluded the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse, which was led by a professor of social work, Alexis Jay.
The prince has expressed “deep personal regret” that he was deceived by Mr. Ball, and said he had not been aware that any abuse had taken place.