Church of England Ignored Victim of Sexual Abuse to Save Money
March 17, 2016
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s office ignored repeated calls for help from a child sex abuse victim after staff were told to avoid contact with him to protect the Church of England’s financial interests.
The revelation of a cover-up at the top of the Anglican communion came as French cardinal Philippe Barbarin denied accusations that he covered up the sexual abuse of children.
A senior Anglican bishop in charge of child protection broke off communication on the orders of the church’s insurers, according to an independent report into the handling of the victim’s case.
Justin Welby promised to reform the approach to safeguarding and to learn from failures in a string of historical abuse cases when he became archbishop of Canterbury in 2013.
The latest case, however, points to denial and cover-up under his leadership.
For years, the victim tried to report abuse by two senior clerics in the 1970s, but the church’s treatment of him was reckless, caused distress and put him at risk, the report said. It branded child protection practices as unacceptable and incomplete.