The Daily Telegraph praised …


The Daily Telegraph praised by Anglican Church Archbishop Phillip Aspinall for exposing evil in Bishop Keith Slater’s church

THE head of the Anglican Church yesterday praised The Daily Telegraph for being the “catalyst” that led to the resignation of Bishop Keith Slater and prompted the latest hearing of the royal commission into child sex abuse.

The Daily Telegraph was preparing to run stories with child sex abuse victim Richard “Tommy” Campion in May this year when a “horrified” church official uncovered the full extent of the Diocese of Grafton’s treatment of 41 abuse victims.

“She came to me with the information because she wanted me to be fully informed about the situation before interacting with The Daily Telegraph,” head of the Anglican Church Archbishop Phillip Aspinall said outside the commission.

What she had uncovered was a litany of appalling treatment of the victims who were seeking compensation for physical and sexual abuse at the former North Coast Children’s Home in Lismore by at least 12 priests and members of staff over 48 years.

“Her coming to me with that information was the catalyst that ultimately led to Bishop Slater’s resignation and the royal commission examination of this particular matter,” Archbishop Aspinall said.

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