Anglican bishop quits over sexual abuse cover-up

The Australian

NOVEMBER 01, 2014

Michael McKenna

ONE of the world’s most revered Anglican bishops has quit the ministry following scathing criticism of his handling of allegations of the horrific sexual abuse of children in Australia and Britain by a pedophile clergyman.

Lord David Hope of Thornes, the former Archbishop of York, yesterday announced he was resigning from the ministry after 50 years in the wake of the findings of a church-ordered inquiry into his handling of allegations against ­another senior cleric, Robert Waddington.

The shock resignation of Sir David, who was knighted by the Queen for services to the sovereign, came after the inquiry found him guilty of 18 breaches of the Church of England child-protect­ion policies that were drafted under his leadership.

“After much prayerful and considered thought, I wrote at the beginning of the week to the ­Bishop of Leeds and in the light of the Cahill inquiry report I have submitted my resignation as Honorary Assistant Bishop of Bradford, now West Yorkshire and the Dales, with immediate ­effect,’’ he said.

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