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.”
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