Justin Welby: An apology on sexual abuse is not enough

Westminster Confidential

The decision by the Church of England Synod spurred on by  Justin Welby and John Sentamu,  archbishops of Canterbury and York, to apologise for past sins of child sexual abuse is welcome. But it is not nearly enough.

The words are fine. They offer to apologise unreservedly” for the failure of the Church of England’s systems to protect children, young people and adults from physical and sexual abuse inflicted by its clergy and others and for the failure to listen properly to those so abused.

They add: “The sexual and physical abuse that has been inflicted by these people on children, young people and adults is and will remain a deep source of grief and shame for years to come.”

But as I reported on Exaro News  for an independent inquiry. Graham Wilmer, of the Lantern Project, calls for a Commission for  Truth and Reconciliation ( see http://www.ctruk.org.uk/)


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5 responses to “Justin Welby: An apology on sexual abuse is not enough

  1. steve

    yet again when ever these people are caught covering up and in a lot of ways helping the perpetrators get away,all we ever get is some lame excuse and crass non meaning apology there no better than the perps than they cover up and lie for,

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  3. LJMT

    Steve, I think you need to distinguish between different parts of the C.of E. In some parts there is far more of this stuff than others. The differing theological colleges took in different types of people, and in some traditions sexual purity was far more talked about and expected than in others. I think that you will find that Justin Welby comes from one of the latter purity-expecting traditions, so that he could have been sheltered and more naive, and less “wise as serpents” though I should think he noticed some aberrant behaviour while at Eton. Whatever, he has not chosen to cover it up, nor turned a blind eye to it, and was not at Chichester Theological College, where, so far, by far the worst % seem to have come from– now closed, thank God, though no doubt it had a % of good guys.

    The truth is that it is often the good guys apologizing and repenting for the bad guys. The bad guys are rarely repentant and just feel they will keep quiet and sit it out and are “misunderstood” and hard done by and resent the vast majority of folk who are revolted by their actions. Not sure how much it helps to have the decent folk apologise for the vile ones, and indeed I doubt that either Archbishop has ever covered up for anyone, but even some Bishops who did probably just had never come across such a thing and didn’t really know what to do.

    It is at theological college that folk with such tendencies had best be identified and weeded out, and even more preferably never get through selection.