Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey admits church failed abuse victims

SKY News

July 24, 2018

Lord Carey told the child sexual abuse inquiry he was “shocked” by the crimes committed by disgraced bishop Peter Ball.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has admitted he feels “deeply ashamed” that the Church of England failed to act on sexual abuse claims made against disgraced bishop Peter Ball.

Lord Carey told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse that he was “completely shocked” by the crimes committed by Ball, who was jailed in 2015 for sexually abusing 18 young men over a period of three decades.

The former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester – who was released in February last year – was said to have “systematically abused the trust of the victims”, many of whom who were aspiring priests.

Giving evidence at the long-running inquiry on Tuesday, Lord Carey – who oversaw the church at the time of Ball’s arrest in December 1992 – acknowledged that his victims had been failed “in a number of different ways”.

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