In a shocking announcement referring to an independent review, the Church of England assisted with a cover-up of child sex abuse.
“Abuse of Faith”, an independent report, found -that several high profile figures within the church “displayed little care” for the victims of disgraced former bishop Peter Ball, who was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 after admitting to the molestation of countless teenage boys and young men in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
Dame Moira Gibb, the author of the report, said the Church’s “failure to safeguard so many boys and young men still casts a long shadow”.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welty, has admitted publicly now that the Church of England directly “concealed” evidence of the sexual assault of these poor innocent children. While the victim's lives are forever ruined, the reputation of the Church is now in peril as well.
“Ball’s priority was to protect and promote himself and he maligned the abused,” the report said. “The Church colluded with that rather than seeking to help those he had harmed, or assuring itself of the safety of others.” Such claims are astonishing since the Church has long denied knowledge of the abuse.
In as early as 1993, prosecutors were working on charging Ball with similar offenses, however, a the time the then-Bishop of Gloucester avoided a trial by accepting a caution for the abuse of one young man and resigned his post.
When Ball was finally brought to justice and convicted last year, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord George Carey denied any knowledge of a cover-up in 1990. He did, however, express regret for failing to deal properly with Ball’s victims.
Since today's public report was released, Mr. Williams said in a statement, “It is clear I did not give adequate priority to sorting out the concerns and allegations surrounding Peter Ball at the earliest opportunity.”
He went on to say “I recognize such a delay is likely to have increased the pressure and distress experienced by the survivors of his abuse and I am sincerely sorry for this.”
In February Ball was released from prison after only having served 16 months. Many people including the victim's and their families were outraged at what they believe to be a gross miscarriage of justice.
A spokesperson for the NSPCC said, “It is utterly disgraceful to discover that collusion at the heart of the Church of England led to the abuse of so many young men and boys.”
The NSPCC continued, “Abuse in our most revered institutions must be exposed and investigated, offenders brought to justice, and victims gave the confidence to come forward.”