I am more than glad that Peter Ball now resides at Her Majesty’s pleasure even though the sentence is far too lenient for the gravity of his activities.
and Civil Court action against the Chichester diocese was lodged in October 2015.
He then received basic monastic training at Kelham Theological College.
In 1960 he and his identical twin brother, Michael, founded a monastic community, the Community of the Glorious Ascension (CGA), of which he was prior until his ordination to the episcopate.
In 1987 he was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, to chair the committee drawing up the new catechism which was produced in 1990.
Ball was also the first suffragan Bishop of Lewes to become an area bishop when the diocese's area scheme was instituted in 1984.
In October 2015, Ball was sentenced to 32 months' imprisonment for misconduct in public office and indecent assault after admitting the abuse of 18 young men between 19. He was educated at Lancing College, a public school in Lancing, West Sussex.
He then studied at Queens' College, Cambridge, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1954; as per tradition, his BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA) degree in 1958.After having been translated to the see of Gloucester in 1992, Ball resigned from his position as Bishop of Gloucester in 1993 after admitting to an act of gross indecency with a 19-year-old man and accepting a formal police caution for it.At Ball's trial in 2015 it was stated that a member of the royal family, a lord chief justice, JPs, cabinet ministers and public school headmasters—"many dozens" of people—had campaigned to support him in 1993. The Reverend Graham Sawyer, an abuse victim, wants a full investigation and blames corrupt elements in the British Establishment.For him, religion was a cloak behind which he hid in order to satisfy his sexual interest in those who trusted him.two years and eight months – for 15 years of sexual exploitation, abuse and grooming of young men who came into his orbit while he was the bishop of Lewes.It seems Peter Ball has been able to do that." Keith Porteous Wood, the executive director of the NSS, believes this was an orchestrated campaign.