Child sex scandal in two countries rocks Anglican church

McKenna, Michael, Gearing, Amanda Ann, & O'Neill, Sean (2013) Child sex scandal in two countries rocks Anglican church. The Australian, May(10).

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A CHILD sex scandal involving victims in Australia and Britain has hit the top echelon of the Anglican Church, with allegations that some of its most senior clergymen failed to respond properly to complaints of horrific abuse. The former archbishop of York, now Lord (David) Hope of Thornes, yesterday expressed regret over failing to report to police allegations in 1999 and 2003 about a former Queensland Anglican school principal, who rose to become the head of education for the church in Britain.

The late reverend Robert Waddington has been accused of beating and sexually abusing students during the 1960s at St Barnabas boarding school in Ravenshoe, north Queensland, and later, when he was in charge of the choir as dean of Manchester.

A joint investigation by The Australian and The Times newspaper in London has revealed that church officials, including Lord Hope, failed to report the 1999 allegations of abuse made by a former Queensland student and similar claims made in 2003 by the family of a choirboy in Manchester. The alleged victims were never told of the existence of the other allegations.

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ID Code: 68630
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: former Dean of Manchester, Robert Waddington, sexual abuse, St Barnabas, Manchester Cathedral
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 News Limited
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2014 04:21
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2014 23:58

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