Dean of Llandaff Withdraws Bullying Complaint Against Bishop

Dean of Llandaff Withdraws Bullying Complaint Against Bishop

The Very Revd Gerwyn Capon, Dean of Llandaff withdrew the formal complaint of bullying he had made against the Bishop of Llandaff.  

Dean Capon had filed the formal complaint at the beginning of April.  According to the statement from the Diocese of Llandaff, he withdrew the charge “voluntarily and unconditionally.”  Mr Mark Powell QC, was appointed to be the judge in the case and dismissed the Disciplinary Tribunal after the charge was rescinded by the complainant.

Commenting upon the news, Powell said, “In my experience, cases such as these can quickly escalate out of control. It takes significant courage and grace to take a step back and reconsider one’s position once formal processes such as these have begun. I hope that this can be the trigger for healing and reconciliation between all involved.”

Upon hearing the news of the complaint’s withdrawal, Bishop Osborne said, “I am pleased to learn that this matter is now resolved and the proceedings dismissed. It has been a challenging time for Llandaff Cathedral and the Diocese. I am grateful for the support I have received from my colleagues and ask that we continue to keep the Dean in our prayers.”

The Church Times reports that Dean Capon has been on sick leave for two years with “work-related” depression.  According to the findings of the Tribunal on the diocesan website, Dean Capon arrived at his decision to withdraw his charge against the Bishop of 16 April.