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'Unprecedented' criticism of Church of England in sexual abuse report

This report goes further and digs deeper than expected.

It reveals a culture of collusion concealment and protection within a church that put its own reputation before the victims of bishop Peter Ball.

It lays bare the "circle of purple " who protected him - and in the light of specific criticism of the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, the current Archbishop Justine Welby has written to him asking him to review his position as an honorary bishop within the church.

Peter Ball abused young boys for years while Bishop of Lewes. Credit: PA

That is unprecedented - one Archbishop effectively dismissing his predecessor.

There are the usual recommendations at the end of the report for a better way forward and an acceptance that the culture in the church has improved and that times have changed.

But to quote Bishop Peter Hancock the CofE's lead safeguarding bishop, this report confirms that "the church did too little too late and completely failed".