Ball was convicted of indecent assault and misconduct in public office after the case was reopened in 2012. He was released from prison at the start of last year. Following the report’s publication the former Archbishop apologised to Ball’s victims and said: “I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind these allegations.”He stood down after being asked to “consider his position” by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. In a statement the diocese of Oxford said: “In the wake of Dame Moira Gibb’s review, Lord Carey stood down from the role of Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford in June 2017, and withdrew from public ministry for a season. Lord Carey accepted the criticisms made of him at the time and has apologised to the victims of Peter Ball. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “In February 2018 Lord Carey contacted the Diocese of Oxford to request PTO (permission to officiate). This was granted by the Bishop of Oxford later the same month.“The granting of PTO enabled Lord Carey to preach and preside in the church where he worships, a church where his ministry is much valued. The granting of a PTO does not indicate a planned return to the role of Assistant Bishop.” Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has been given back permission to preach by the Church of England, it has emerged. The news comes just two weeks before the child abuse inquiry is set examine allegations that Lord Carey was among senior church figures who “colluded” with disgraced bishop Peter Ball, who was convicted in 2015 of sexually abusing vulnerable young men and boys. The former Archbishop lost the right to preside over church services after standing down from his role as as honorary assistant bishop in the diocese last June, following the publication of a damning independent report criticising the Church’s handling of the case. He was granted “permission to officiate” in February after approaching the Bishop of Oxford, Dr Steven Croft, to ask to be allowed to minister. The diocese said the decision did not mean Lord Carey, 82, would return to his previous role as a bishop. Permission to officiate is usually granted by a diocesan bishop to retired bishops and clergy to allow them to act as a minster in the diocese. It can be withdrawn by the bishop at any time. The Gibb review, published last year, concluded that Lord Carey, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 until 2002, had “set the tone” for the Church’s reaction to Peter Ball, formerly bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester. I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind these allegations.Lord Carey, speaking in 2017 The damning report criticised the Church for allowing Ball to continue to minister after he accepted a caution for gross indecency in 1993 and stepped down as bishop of Gloucester. Dame Moira Gibb concluded that Lord Carey “played the lead role” in letting Ball preside over services including baptisms and confirmations, as well as speaking at 17 public schools, until as late as 2007. Senior church figures, including Lord Carey, “colluded” with Ball to help him avoid criminal charges, her 18-month investigation found.