Archbishop appeals for abuse victims to come forward


[interim report]

Dr Rowan Williams has responded to a new report on sex abuse in the Chichester Diocese and has apologised to those who have been abused as a result of failings by the Church.

Dr Williams set up an inquiry into child protection policies after abuses by East Sussex vicar Colin Pritchard and Brede parish priest Roy Cotton.

He appointed Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC as commissaries to conduct the inquiry in the wake of child abuse scandals – the first such appointments for more than a century.

The Archbishop said the interim report confirmed that there had been “many and longstanding failures in implementing a robust and credible safeguarding policy in the Diocese of Chichester”.

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