THE Reverend Jeremy Clark has been asked to resign from his post in Ilfracombe and West Down following a number of complaints made against him. The Bishop of Exeter, the Right Reverend Michael Langrish, has upheld seven complaints of behaviour unbecoming
THE Reverend Jeremy Clark has been asked to resign from his post in Ilfracombe and West Down following a number of complaints made against him.The Bishop of Exeter, the Right Reverend Michael Langrish, has upheld seven complaints of "behaviour unbecoming to a minister in holy orders" against the former Priest-in-Charge of Ilfracombe St Philip and St James with West Down, known as "Pip and Jim's."The nature of the complaints against Mr Clark have not been revealed, but in a statement to his former parish, the Bishop said:"I have upheld seven of the complaints which have been made against Jeremy. In three cases I have asked Jeremy to accept a formal rebuke and in the other four instances I have asked him to resign."He added these were all what is termed Penalties of Consent:"Jeremy has admitted the complaints concerned, either in full or in part, and he has accepted the penalties which I have suggested to him."Before announcing the outcome, in his statement the Bishop said he first "needed to affirm the good ministry" Mr Clark had offered both in Ilfracombe and at his previous parishes."In spite of what has happened we should not lose sight of these good things and as a diocese we shall not do so," he said."Our pastoral care for those who have been offended and for Jeremy and his family will continue," his statement concluded.The Bishop said Mr Clark had been offered a post in which he would receive supervision, mentoring and counselling. Although he had resigned, the new appointment meant he and his family would continue to receive housing and a stipend."It is my hope that after an appropriate period of time he will be able to return to ministry in an incumbent status post," said the Bishop.