C of E bishops should lose responsibility for safeguarding children, says inquiry https://t.co/RANXgooejx
— Guardian news (@guardiannews) October 6, 2020
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse said Tuesday that the Church of England failed to protect children from sex abusers in order to protect its reputation.
Numerous outlets have the story including Reuters:
“Over many decades, the Church of England failed to protect children and young people from sexual abusers, instead facilitating a culture where perpetrators could hide and victims faced barriers to disclosure that many could not overcome,” Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the inquiry, said.
The primary concern of many senior clergy was to uphold the Church’s reputation, the inquiry said. Senior clergy often declined to report allegations to the appropriate agencies and hindered criminal investigations, allowing some abusers to escape justice.
Our #Anglican report, released today, finds that in neglecting the well-being of children to protect its own reputation, the Church of England was in direct conflict with its own moral purpose.
— InquiryCSA (@InquiryCSA) October 6, 2020