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Bishop of Durham's election confirmed

The Right Reverend Paul Butler will start work as the Bishop of Durham next month. Credit: Church of England
The Archbishop of York John Sentamu led the confirmation service at York Minster. Credit: Church of England

The Right Reverend Paul Butler has had his election as Bishop of Durham confirmed.

The confirmation service, led by the Archbishop of York John Sentamu in a service at York Minster, means that the Right Reverend Paul Butler is now legally the Bishop of Durham. However, he will not start his ministry until 22nd February.

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Dr John Sentamu: Church must offer "full apology" to sex abuse victims

Dr John Sentamu
The Archbishop of York says abuse victims will be listened to Credit: PA

The Archbishop of York has ordered an independent review of all files on deceased clergy who served in the Diocese of York from before 1950 up to the present day. Last month, the General Synod voted to ensure that victims of abuse are listened to.

In a statement today, the Archbishop said that the church must "acknowledge the hurt which has been done, to offer a full apology to offer a full apology, and to prove, so far as is possible, that policies and practices are improved such that the same systematic failure could never be repeated"

Archbishop of York announces review of dead clergy files

In a further move to address allegations of sexual abuse by Church of England clergy, the Archbishop of York has ordered an independent review of all files on deceased clergy who served in the Diocese of York from before 1950 up to the present day.

Last month, the General Synod voted to apologise for "past safeguarding wrongs" in the Church of England, and to ensure that victims of abuse are listened to.

Dr John Sentamu has already ordered an independent review into the Church’s handling of reports of alleged child abuse by the late Robert Waddington, a former Dean of Manchester.

In a statement today, the Archbishop said:

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.”

– Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

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Wonga 'embarrassment' shouldn't have happened

The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken on BBC Radio 4's Today programme of his "embarrassment" after it was discovered the Church of England's pension fund had indirectly invested in payday lender Wonga.

It comes a day after the Most Reverend Justin Welby told Wonga the church wants to "compete it out of existence" by supporting credit unions:

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Welby: Church shouldn't have invested in Wonga

Talking about the revelation that the church's pension fund had invested in payday lender Wonga, the Most Reverend Justin Welby has said the business is "incredibly complex" and explained of a £5.5bn portfolio, £75,000 was invested indirectly in Wonga without his knowledge.

Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby. Credit: Press Association

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today's programme, he said: "It shouldn't have happened, it's very embarrassing but these things happen and we have to find out why."

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