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Archbishop: 'Time does not in itself bring healing'

The Archbishop of York has said the passing of archive files of deceased clergy to child abuse investigators is part of a process to ensure that such incidents can never take place again.

The damage done by the sexual abuse of children is immense, and the passage of time does not in itself bring healing.

Where young people are shown to have been betrayed by individuals in a position of trust and by the institution's failure to protect them, it is for the Church to acknowledge the hurt which has been done, to offer a full apology, and to prove, so far as is possible, that policies and practices are improved such that the same systemic failure could never be repeated.

– The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

Archbishop of York hands clergy files to abuse inquiry

Dr John Sentamu launched an independent inquiry into child abuse and cover-up allegations in May. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Archbishop of York has ordered all files on deceased clergy who served in the Diocese of York to be handed to investigators who are looking into alleged cases of child abuse.

An independent review will examine the files recalled from the archive by Dr John Sentamu, which date back to before 1950.

The release of files comes after the General Synod voted in July to acknowledge and apologise for past safeguarding wrongs in the Church of England.

Files of deceased clergy were previously omitted from the Church of England's National Review of Past Cases of Child Abuse in 2008 to 2009.

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Archbishop of York sends 'warmest congratulations'

The Archbishop of York has sent his congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Today we give thanks and praise to Almighty God for the arrival of the Royal baby boy.

I send my warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and also my prayers for them at this wonderful time.

It is marvellous that we share in the joy and hope of a new born child, which is a great gift of our Loving Creator God. Katonda Yebazibwe: God be praised.

– The Archbishop of York

Archbishop of York calls low pay a 'national scandal'

The Archbishop of York has condemned the low pay of millions of Britons as a "national scandal", criticising the Government and business leaders for allowing the situation to grow.

Dr John Sentamu, who will chair a year-long commission on the feasibility of a so-called Living Wage, said that successive Governments have offered little more than a "sticking plaster" solution to the crisis.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Writing in today's Observer, he accused businesses of forgetting the "basic moral imperative that employees be paid enough to live on", and called for business, trade unions and the Government to take part in a "national conversation" about low pay in Britain.

The Archbishop wrote, "Why aren't those who are profiting from their workers paying up? Why is Government having to subsidise businesses which don't pay their employees enough to live on?"

Archbishop of York slams 'morally bankrupt' who avoid tax

The Archbishop of York has hit out at the "morally bankrupt" who avoid paying their fair share of tax.

Dr John Sentamu said everyone has a responsibility to pay their way and suggested one possibility was for everyone to make the taxes they pay public.

The Archbishop told The Telegraph that although he thought Prime Minister David Cameron's recent pledge to tackle tax evasion was "admirable", more must be done around the wide to help those living in poverty.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has hit out those who avoid paying their fair share of tax.
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has hit out those who avoid paying their fair share of tax. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

"In many countries, it's impossible to find out how much money governments receive in taxes and other revenues or to discover how that money is then spent," he said.

"This lack of transparency means that companies in our global village can get away with tax-dodging or bribery.

"We have seen in our own country that certain people will always look to find ways to avoid paying their fair share of tax - whilst this may not be a crime in the literal sense, it is a morally bankrupt way to behave.

"We have a responsibility to our neighbours and to our society that we cannot hide from, no matter how far we run."

Archbishop of York has prostate cancer surgery

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has undergone surgery for for prostate cancer.

He said he would be out of action for some time but was looking forward to resuming his ministry as soon as possible.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

In a statement, he said: "I am thankful and grateful for Mr Bill Cross, and his surgical team at St James' Hospital Leeds, who today operated on me for a locally-advanced cancer of the prostate. I am also grateful to the nursing staff who are caring from me."

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Archbishop of York launches child abuse investigation

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The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The Archbishop of York has launched an independent inquiry into child abuse and cover-up allegations.

A statement said it was "incumbent on the Church to treat such matters with the utmost seriousness" after victim Eli Ward spoke out.

No abuse 'cover-up', says former Archbishop of York

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.

I didn’t report to the police. With hindsight, probably there ought to have been [a report]. He [Robert Waddington] was in such a fragile and frail state.

I would strongly resist any suggestion that I was in the business of covering up anything. I would absolutely deny that. There’s no way I was interested in any cover up.

– Lord Hope of Thornes

Former Archbishop of York accused of 'abuse cover-up'

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 Very Rev Robert Waddington is a former Dean of Manchester Cathedral
The Very Rev Robert Waddington is a former Dean of Manchester Cathedral Credit: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

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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