A Haverhill church minister has been placed on ‘Bishop’s extended leave’ over ‘financial irregularities’.
Revd Canon Ian Finn did not take the service at St Mary’s Church on Sunday (February 16), with arch deacon the venerable Dr David Jenkins reading out a statement from the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich explaining his absence.
Revd Finn says he has paid back all of the money, which was from weddings and funerals and he says due to an ‘accounting error’.
“The church diocese and the Revd Can Ian Finn have discussed financial irregularities with Can Finn’s work for the church.
“The irregularities result from the church result to the payment of part of the fees that should have passed to the diocese for services taken including weddings and funerals.
“Ian has explained that this was due entirely the result of administrative and accounting mistakes rather than any deliberate actions.
“He has already refunded the diocese what he currently believes to be owed.
“He acknowledges that a great deal more work needs to be done by him with the assistance of an accountant to ensure that the accurate financial position is established.
“Ian is currently on leave booked before the financial irregularities came to light and the bishop has agreed to extend that leave to enable Ian to devote his time to assisting the investigation, which will be complex.
“He has already cooperated fully over the matter and will continue to do so.
“He has been offered pastoral support and we hope you and the church family will be understanding and support him and his loved ones while he is not with us.
“The diocese is working for the church to be cared for by the other local clergy and the rural dean Revd Cheryl Collins is to take charged with immediate effect.”
More to follow.
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