Well-known Fife min­is­ter sus­pended over con­duct al­le­ga­tions

Pro­fes­sor Ian Camp­bell Bradley ad­mits to ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ately in­ti­mate sex­ual re­la­tions’ with woman and is sus­pended for one year

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - STE­WART ALEXAN­DER

A well-re­spected mar­ried Fife min­is­ter has been sus­pended by the Church of Scot­land over al­le­ga­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct.

The Rev Pro­fes­sor Ian Camp­bell Bradley, who was pre­vi­ously Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Cul­tural and Spir­i­tual His­tory at St An­drews Univer­sity, has been stripped of the sta­tus and func­tions of a min­istry for a year fol­low­ing a probe into his be­hav­iour by the Kirk.

Claims were made to the Pres­bytery of St An­drews and the 68-year-old ad­mit­ted to a spe­cial com­mit­tee hear­ing he en­gaged in “in­ap­pro­pri­ately in­ti­mate sex­ual re­la­tions” with an­other woman on the af­ter­noon of Septem­ber 10 2016 and dur­ing a stay in a cot­tage in Ar­gyll be­tween Oc­to­ber 22 and 25 2016.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers heard there was no in­ter­course be­tween the pair and that no con­duct of a sex­ual na­ture has taken place since, but the Church of Scot­land deemed the ac­cu­sa­tion se­ri­ous enough to war­rant the sus­pen­sion now im­posed.

A Church of Scot­land spokesman said: “An al­le­ga­tion of con­duct that could con­sti­tute a dis­ci­plinary of­fence was con­sid­ered by a court of the Church of Scot­land on Au­gust 25.

“The in­di­vid­ual at the cen­tre of the com­plaint ad­mit­ted in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct. He was sus­pended from the sta­tus and func­tions of a min­istry for a fixed pe­riod of one year.”

Un­der the Dis­ci­pline of Min­istry Act 2001, en­gag­ing in sex­ual re­la­tions while mar­ried is classed as con­duct de­clared “cen­surable by the word of God”.

Mar­ried with two chil­dren, Prof Bradley, who was pre­vi­ously prin­ci­pal of St Mary’s Col­lege, an as­so­ciate min­is­ter of Holy Trin­ity Church in St An­drews and a univer­sity chap­lain, has re­searched and writ­ten widely on re­li­gious mat­ters and has pub­lished works on the sub­ject of hymnody, monar­chy, the Vic­to­rian era, Gil­bert and Sul­li­van and mu­si­cal theatre.

He has also penned more than 30 books and has con­trib­uted to sev­eral na­tional news­pa­pers and TV pro­grammes.

He is hon­orary life pres­i­dent of St An­drews Gil­bert and Sul­li­van So­ci­ety.

The Courier un­der­stands two al­le­ga­tions made by the woman, who wishes to re­main anony­mous, were ini­tially con­sid­ered by a spe­cial com­mit­tee con­sist­ing of con­vener Robert Hynd, the Rev Ann Inglis and the Rev Hugh Con­key, and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions were sub­se­quently ini­ti­ated.

The first cen­tred on claims by the woman that Prof Bradley bul­lied her in a restau­rant in Glas­gow on or around De­cem­ber 14 2017 by shout­ing at her and us­ing lan­guage which up­set and de­meaned her, caus­ing her alarm and dis­tress.

How­ever, while the spe­cial com­mit­tee agreed that the lunch meet­ing in the restau­rant took place, the first al­le­ga­tion was thrown out as what hap­pened on that oc­ca­sion was in dis­pute.

Prof Bradley de­nied the al­le­ga­tion of bul­ly­ing and, given the lack of ev­i­dence, the spe­cial com­mit­tee con­cluded there was no case to an­swer.

How­ever, Prof Bradley ad­mit­ted the al­le­ga­tion of in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct and told the hear­ing he “felt, and con­tin­ues to feel, re­morse for his past con­duct”.

A spokesper­son for St An­drews Univer­sity said: “Ian re­tired from the univer­sity last year af­ter a long and dis­tin­guished aca­demic ca­reer, and is cur­rently on vol­un­tary leave of ab­sence from his po­si­tion as an hon­orary chap­lain.”

Prof Bradley was ap­proached for com­ment but did not re­turn mes­sages.

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