Published On: Fri, Oct 31st, 2014 on 2:06 pm

Ex-archbishop quits over Church of England child abuse revelations

Lord Hope Of Thornes

A former Archbishop of York has resigned from his church role after a report criticised his handling of child abuse allegations.

A report published by Judge Sally Cahill QC outlined failures by the Church of England to respond properly to sex abuse allegations against the late Robert Waddington, who was Dean of Manchester between 1984 and 1993.

He was found to have abused choirboys and school pupils in York, Manchester and London over the span of five decades.

Judge Cahill found that Lord Hope of Thornes, who was an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Bradford, failed to follow policy and take advice after he was informed of complaints against Dean Waddington.

Judge Cahill said: “We consider the failings of Lord Hope were cumulative over the period, and arose as a result of Lord Hope not following the Church’s policies and instead dealing with a child protection issue in what appears to have been the way he would deal with a disciplinary matter or complaint.”

In a statement, Lord Hope said: “After much prayerful and considered thought I wrote at the beginning of the week to the Bishop of Leeds and in the light of the Cahill Inquiry Report I have submitted my resignation as Honorary Assistant Bishop of Bradford, now West Yorkshire and the Dales, with immediate effect.

“This ends my nearly 50 years of formal ministry in the Church of England, which I have always sought to serve with dedication.”

When the report was published, Lord Hope strongly denied covering up abuse but offered a “personal and profound apology” to the victims if they felt they had been denied justice.

The current Archbishop of York, Rt Rev John Sentamu, has expressed shock over the news.

About the Author

Guest Editorial

- The work of guest writers who publish original content to the Yorkshire Standard. All material is copyrighted and belongs to the Yorkshire Standard.

Leave a comment

Your comment will be approved before it is published.

Comments containing profanity, spam or web links will NOT be approved.