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.
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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