Archbishop sorry for child abuse failings
Charlie Cooper is Health Correspondent for The Independent, i, and The Independent on Sunday, writing on the NHS, medical advances, and international health. Since joining the papers as an editorial assistant, he has been nominated for young journalist of the year at both the Press Awards and the British Journalism Awards.
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.
He added: "The abiding hurt and damage done to [the victims] is something that none of us in the Church can ignore, and I am deeply sorry that they should have been let down by those they ought to have been able to trust."
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