Dr Anne Richards
Church of England
London SW1P 3NZ
26th October 2018
Dear Dr Richards,
PROFESSOR JEAN LA FONTAINE
With regard to recent correspondence relating to the above individual, I must say, with respect, that some degree of inconsistency appears to exist between your last statement, saying “The Church of England has never appointed Professor La Fontaine as an expert of satanic ritual abuse” and your previous one that stated “In the matter of satanist ritual abuse, we are guided by the research of Professor Jean La Fontaine.”
It must be of the gravest concern that Professor La Fontaine has been allowed to influence the Church of England’s policy in respect of horrific crimes committed against children, foetuses, vulnerable adults and animals, in the very name of God’s greatest enemy. It would also help if you could confirm how long it has been since Professor La Fontaine’s guidance has prevailed.
For a few years, I have been pressing the Church of England to display leadership instead of failing to protect the victims of atrocities committed in this country by practitioners of satanist ritual abuse. I was not made aware of Professor La Fontaine’s involvement until just over a week ago, which would have done much to explain the Church’s inertia over this issue.
Enclosed is an article that I wrote just over two years ago in the English Churchman,strongly criticising the Church’s leaders, along with a bulletin from Britain’s largest police force, the Metropolitan, that clearly states the force’s concerns about the acknowledged existence of satanist and other ritual abuse crimes. It also lists four of the main forms of abuse, although there are even more.
Professor La Fontaine’s stated position, published in 1994, is contrary to this evidence in that she regards this issue as “a myth”. It is also completely at odds with evidence collated by those who actually deal with the survivors of satanist ritual abuse, of which there must be countless numbers,
given the scale of these under-reported crimes. It is also a fact that convictions for this type of crime exist from 1982.
Frankly, Professor La Fontaine’s assertions are not only nonsense, but very dangerous nonsense.
I would welcome your response to the contents of this letter.
Cc, The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York and Bishop Michael Nazir Ali