Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has denied being involved in covering up the sex crimes of a former Bishop.
Peter Ball was jailed for 32 months for a string of sex crimes against young aspiring priests.
The Church of England is also investigating claims that senior clerics helped cover-up the sex crimes after victims claimed that it prevented him from facing justice for decades.
It emerged in court that cabinet ministers and a member of the royal family sent letters of support for Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes, after he received a caution for indecent assault in 1993.
ITV News approached Lord Carey when he was on a guided tour in Jerusalem.
He refused to answer questions as to whether he was involved in a cover-up, but later gave the following statement to ITV News.
I support Bishop Paul Butler’s apology to survivors of Peter Ball’s abuse. I greatly regret the fact that during my tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury we dealt inadequately with Peter Ball’s victims and gave too much credence to his protestations.