We remain deeply saddened at the tragic death of Fr Martyn Neale, the detail of which was confirmed today by the coroner. As detailed at the time of his death, Fr Neale had been suspended as a consequence of an ongoing police investigation, which the coroner referenced today, and with which the diocese has cooperated fully.
The diocese has also been helping to give pastoral support in the parish, and representatives have attended the parish several times to talk to parishioners, and in due course we will be supporting the parish in finding a new priest.
Fr Neale's funeral took place in Hawley on Tuesday 29 August, presided over by the Bishop of Richborough and attended by the Bishop of Guildford.
We are continuing to pray for all those who are affected by these tragic events.
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