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

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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"

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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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Archbishop embarrassed by Church Wonga investment

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted he is embarrassed by the revelations that the Church of England pension funds indirectly funded in online lender Wonga.

Asked by John Humphrys on BBC Radio 4 Today's programme whether he was embarrassed, he replied "yes."

Asked to place his embarrassment on a scale of one to 10, he said: "Eight."

The Church responds to news its linked to Wonga

After a national newspaper revealed the Church of England has links to pay-day lender Wonga, Lambeth Palace has responded. This follows the Archbishop of Canterbury's promise to take on pay-day lenders like Wonga.

"We are grateful to the Financial Times for pointing out this serious inconsistency of which we were unaware.

"We will be asking the Assets Committee of the Church Commissioners to investigate how this has occurred and to review the holding in this pooled investment vehicle."

"We will also be requesting the Church Commissions to investigate whether there are any other inconsistencies as normally all investment policies are reviewed by the Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG)."

– Lambeth Palace
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