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.”
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