Saturday, August 17, 2013

it ain't just the Vatican

Archbishop John Sentamu
The Church of England plans to review cases of deceased clergy who served in the Diocese of York from before 1950 to the present as a means of addressing the sexual abuse suffered by once-young parishioners.
The protocol for the Church of England's National Review of Past Cases of Child Abuse, which took place in 2008/9, did not include the files of deceased clergy, "but it is now recognised that it is important to review these files as well.
The Archbishop of York 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."
 The fact that it ain't just the Vatican with this sort of problem is hardly consoling.

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