Ex York Archbishop 'cover up'

A former Archbishop of York has been accused of covering up allegations that a senior Church of England clergyman had abused choirboys and school pupils. Lord Hope has told The Times he acted in line with the Church's child protection policy.

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Cathedral 'shocked' about former Dean abuse claims

Manchester Cathedral said it was "shocked and saddened" to learn that a former Dean, the Very Rev Robert Waddington, allegedly abused a chorister.

We are shocked and saddened by the nature of these allegations relating to events in the early 1980’s.

We want to reassure parents and congregation members that for a number of years Manchester Cathedral has had in place a robust child protection policy with CRB checks made on all clergy and those who work with specifically with children.

– Manchester Cathedral spokesperson
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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

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

The Times has reported that a former Archbishop of York has been accused of covering up allegations that a senior Church of England clergyman abused choirboys and school pupils.

York Minster Credit: ITV News

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.