Thursday, June 22, 2017

Church of England hid sex abuse cases

Jun 23 2017 : The Times of India (Chennai)

Probe: Church of England hid sex abuse cases

The Church of England “concealed“ evidence of child abuse by a former bishop stretching over two decades, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said on Thursday , following a major independent review.The report, `Abuse of Faith', found senior figures in the church “displayed little care“ for the victims of disgraced former bishop Peter Ball, who was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 after admitting to carrying out a string of historical sex offences against teenage boys and young men in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Dame Moira Gibb, its author, said the Church's “failure to safeguard so many boys and young men still casts a long shadow“.
Some victims reported that Ball, 85, encouraged them to engage in “spiritual exercises“ involving naked praying and cold showers.

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