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The Archbishop of York said the Church of England treats child abuse allegations "with the utmost seriousness" as he confirmed he is setting up an independent inquiry into claims against a former cathedral dean.
The former Archbishop of York, Lord Hope of Thornes, has denied covering up allegations that a senior clergyman sexually abused choirboys:
An alleged abuse victim of the former Dean of Manchester Cathedral says he wants an apology from the Church of England over an alleged 'cover-up'.
Eli Ward told ITV News he was "groomed" by the Very Rev Robert Waddington, who died in 2007.
The former Archbishop of York, Lord Hope of Thornes, has denied covering up allegations that Waddington sexually abused choirboys.
The former Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, said he responded to and reported abuse claims against a former Dean "correctly" when he learnt about them in 2003.
He said he was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the claims, dating back to the 1980s, and reported the matter to the Archbishop of York and a child protection officer immediately.
Manchester Cathedral said it was "shocked and saddened" to learn that a former Dean, the Very Rev Robert Waddington, allegedly abused a chorister.
Lord Hope of Thornes, the former Archbishop of York, has denied he was involved in "covering up" allegations that a senior Church of England clergyman abused children.
The Times newspaper today reported that the Very Rev Robert Waddington stands accused of abusing choirboys and school pupils.
The former Archbishop of York has been accused of covering up allegations that a senior Church of England clergyman abused choirboys and school pupils, the Times (£) has reported.
The paper says Lord Hope of Thornes was made aware of allegations against the Very Rev Robert Waddington in 1993 and 2003, but did not report the concerns to police or child protection agencies.
The alleged abuse by Waddington, who died in 2007, and the Church’s inaction has been reported after a joint investigation by The Times and The Australian newspaper.
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A former choirboy who claims he was groomed and abused by an Anglican priest has told ITV News the Church of England helped to cover it up.
A former Archbishop of York has denied covering up allegations that a senior Church of England clergyman sexually abused choirboys.