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.
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