Perth Anglican Archbishop says he let sex victims down in NSW diocese


August 30, 2016

THE Anglican Archbishop of Perth says he badly let down child sexual abuse survivors in his former diocese and hopes the church has been “woken up” by the Royal Commission.

Archbishop Roger Herft has finished giving evidence at hearings into how the NSW diocese of Newcastle, which he headed between 1993-2005, handled allegations of abuse.

“I have let them down … let down survivors in ways that remorse itself is a very poor emotion to even express,” Archbishop Herft told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Tuesday.

“I hope that the church in this diocese and the church across the Australian continent will be one that has not only woken up … but become more and more transparent and accountable.”

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