Archbishop sorry for child abuse failings

The Independent

[interim report]

Charlie Cooper

Friday 31 August 2012

The Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised to victims of child abuse in a Church of England diocese after an inquiry by his own office found “fresh and disturbing” allegations against members of the clergy.

The inquiry into child protection policies in the Diocese of Chichester, set up by Dr Rowan Williams, is believed to be the first of its kind in the Church of England in more than a century. Three priests were charged this year with child sex offences.

Dr Williams said the inquiry had confirmed numerous failures in implementing the diocese’s child protection policies.

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