From our Cousins across the pond: The continuing saga of the Vicar and the Princess
Harriet’s Place has received another tip from our Cousins across the pond. The rest of the story is coming out that includes blackmail, intimidation, and abuse of power. We love a good bodice ripper, but this really takes the cake.
Pike’s Peak blog has it here.
‘The developing case of the City of London priest and council member caught in an abuse row (that’s Brit for scandal) took a new turn as it emerged he had allegedly tried to blackmail a fellow City councilor while both were holding public office.
Rev. William Campbell-Taylor is a Church of England cleric who is also a council member in the ward of Portsoken, in London’s financial district. Another former councilor from the same ward has alleged that while both were serving officials of the City of London Corporation, he had “been threatened by William Campbell Taylor” who “was in a position to blackmail me.” A third council member who is also a priest has described Campbell-Taylor’s conduct as “evil”.
This development follows a vulnerable male alleging in the British parliament that Campbell-Taylor, who has an openly bisexual history, had asked the vulnerable individual for a lewd act of fellatio. In a bizarre twist, Campbell-Taylor has since filed legal proceedings against the victim for naming him publicly, under an obscure provision in the law that revealing this embarrassing information caused Campbell-Taylor “distress and alarm”.
Because of the precedent this sets, several national campaigning groups representing survivors of clergy abuse have reported this case to the UK government’s public inquiry on abuse which is headed by the New Zealand judge, Justice Lowell Goddard. Of particular concern to activists is the influence of Campbell-Taylor as a police chaplain in pressing this legal retribution against his victim.
Without an equivalent to the First Amendment, rape and abuse victims in Britain do not have legal protection of speech to talk publicly about their abuse perpetrators or name them. An official in Campbell-Taylor’s London district said “there ought to be a wardmote (electors’ meeting) to discuss this scandal”.’