Clergy files given to abuse probe

The Archbishop of York has ordered all files on deceased clergy who served in the Diocese of York to be handed to investigators who are looking into alleged cases of child abuse.

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Archbishop: 'Time does not in itself bring healing'

The Archbishop of York has said the passing of archive files of deceased clergy to child abuse investigators is part of a process to ensure that such incidents can never take place again.

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.

– The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

Archbishop of York hands clergy files to abuse inquiry

Dr John Sentamu launched an independent inquiry into child abuse and cover-up allegations in May. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Archbishop of York has ordered all files on deceased clergy who served in the Diocese of York to be handed to investigators who are looking into alleged cases of child abuse.

An independent review will examine the files recalled from the archive by Dr John Sentamu, which date back to before 1950.

The release of files comes after the General Synod voted in July to acknowledge and apologise for past safeguarding wrongs in the Church of England.

Files of deceased clergy were previously omitted from the Church of England's National Review of Past Cases of Child Abuse in 2008 to 2009.

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