Former Bishop Peter Ball was offered only a caution by the CPS in an arrangement that the then Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, now Lord Carey, was party to.
Surely, that raises important questions that deserve answers, not least, how many other such deals have the CPS made ?
A former bishop has admitted sexually assaulting two young men in the 1980s and 1990s.
Peter Ball, 83, former Bishop of Lewes and Bishop of Gloucester, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault at the Old Bailey.
He also admitted misconduct in a public office between 1977 and 1992.
Ball faced allegations of abusing boys and young men in Litlington, East Sussex, after a review by the Church of England in 2012 prompted police action.
He had failed in a bid to get his case thrown out on the word of a former Archbishop of Canterbury.
It was argued Ball and Lord George Carey had been assured in 1993 that there would be no future action over the allegations.
But Mr Justice Sweeney refused to dismiss the case earlier this year.
The court was told the church avoided scandal in 1993 when Ball accepted a caution for a single allegation of gross indecency and resigned, despite Gloucester Police being aware of allegations from two more men.
Ball’s lawyer, Richard Smith QC, suggested the Crown Prosecution Service may have settled on the caution to avoid the publicity of a bishop in the dock.
The court heard Lord Carey also sought assurances the case was closed.
But allegations resurfaced when the Diocese of Bath and Wells reviewed the cases, prompting Sussex Police to reopen the investigation.
The Sussex force later charged him with misconduct and a string of sex offences.