Church's wall of silence on sexual abuse

McKenna, Michael & Gearing, Amanda Ann (2013) Church's wall of silence on sexual abuse. The Australian.

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Abstract

A SINGLE document was all it took to illuminate a dark secret in the Church of England.

The two-page child protection report, unearthed by police in the archives of the diocese of Manchester, was proof, at last, that a former cathedral choirboy -- alleging years of sexual abuse by one of Britain's most senior clergyman -- was not alone.

There was another boy. Also a solo soprano, on the other side of the world, who was singing from the same hymn sheet about The Very Reverend Robert Waddington. "There had been a previous referral about sexual impropriety some time ago from Australia, where RW had been the headmaster at a school. An ex-pupil had made a complaint to the Bishop of (north) Queensland who had relayed it to the Archbishop (of York)," the 2003 report says.

Eli Ward's family had prompted the secret report when they told church officials, without Ward's knowledge, of the alleged abuse he suffered in the mid-1980s.

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ID Code: 68634
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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 04:30
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2014 00:03

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