Comments: Waddington Inquiry

Very interesting that Lord Hope says the accusations he received back then were non specific and no victim was identified and that even now he still did not know specifics. On a recent thread there was an exchange about acting on anonymous accusations.
He also warns against applying today's understanding to events and judgments in past decades. I think there is some merit in that assessment.
When I was a new curate the discovery of incest, and child abuse as you filled in baptism registers was an almost monthly event. It never occurred to us to tell anyone.
That may seem unbelievable today, but it was so common it was treated at the same sort of level as poor housing. I was so naive that I didn't known this happened apart from "dirty old men in macs" who hung around loos and dark places in parks.

The progress to what we understand today leaves me wondering if the instances of incest and abuse that were so frequent and apparent back then have stopped or been forced underground.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Wednesday, 22 October 2014 at 10:50pm BST

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland brought out a report on issues of sexual abuse in the Church etc in 2002 and gave recommendations including the need for each church to have a specific person to deal with the matters. All member churches of CTBI accepted to report and took appropriate action except the RC in Scotland and the Church of England. Both churches are doing this retrospectively now and over that we rejoice while still being sad they did not act before

Posted by Jean Mayland at Thursday, 23 October 2014 at 11:49am BST

Hers is a link to an article in the National Catholic Reporter reporting on the view of the + of York.

"Anglican priests should no longer be bound by the centuries-old principle of confidentiality in confessions when they are told of sexual crimes committed against children, the Church of England's No. 2 official said."

http://ncronline.org/news/global/top-anglican-calls-lifting-seal-confessional-child-abuse-cases

Posted by Rod Gillis at Friday, 24 October 2014 at 5:25pm BST
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