Church to apologise over abuse


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The Church of England is set to make an official apology for historic abuse within the Chichester Diocese.

As reported previously in The News, the diocese was subject to an inquiry into its child protection policies, set up in 2011 by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

Its report described a ‘profoundly unhelpful and negative culture’ there, producing an ‘appalling’ and ‘dysfunctional’ record in handling allegations of abuse.

The ruling General Synod, currently meeting in York, will debate a report about the abuse and members will be asked to back an earlier apology issued by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

The abuse dates back to the 1970s and 1980s. Apologies have been made already by the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner.