The Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be released in early 2018. Already it is clear that many Anglican organisational structures were not conducive to hearing the vulnerable, and complicity ignored Jesus' expectation never to cause the downfall of 'little ones' (Matt. 18:1–10). In this lecture for Anglican church members and leaders, theologian The Very Revd Professor Dr Martyn Percy will reflect theologically on the implications of the Commission's findings. What can be our proper ongoing responses, both toward victims of such abuse, and to the watching world? How may the Church move forward as a redeemed and responsible people?
About the speaker
The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy is the Dean (or Head) of Christ Church, Oxford, one of University of Oxford's largest colleges, as well as being Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Oxford. He writes and teaches on modern ecclesiology, and as well as being a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, is a Tutor for the Said Business School. He is also Professor of Theological Education at King's College, London, a Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Values, University of Winchester. From 2004-14 he was Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon. Martyn, besides having the curious distinction of being the only living theologian to feature in Dan Brown's 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code, was described in the journal Theology as the British Theologian closest to being a 'missionary anthropologist'.
Martyn has held number of roles in public life, serving as a Director of the Advertising Standards Authority, and as an Adjudicator for the Portman Group (the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry). He has served as a Commissioner of the Direct Marketing Authority, and is an Advisor to the British Board of Film Classification.