The Archbishop of York John Sentamu is setting up an independent inquiry into allegations that his predecessor covered up child abuse by a senior priest in Manchester.
Dr Sentamu's office made the announcement on Saturday afternoon, hours after The Times reported
that Archbishop David Hope, now Lord Hope of Thornes, stood accused of
covering up allegations that a former dean of Manchester, Revd Robert
Waddington, who died in 2007, had abused choirboys and school pupils.
Lord Hope was made aware of the accusations against Mr Waddington,
who was once the cleric in overall charge of CofE schools, in 1999 and
again in 2003.
Lord Hope ordered internal investigations, interviewed
Waddington and revoked his right to conduct church services, but he did
not report concerns to police or child protection agencies, The Times reported following a joint investigation with The Australian newspaper in Sydney.
Lord Hope denied any cover-up, saying he had correctly followed CofE
child protection procedures in place at the time, which did not oblige
him to report the case to the authorities.
He said was concerned about Mr Waddington's health. "I didn't report
to the police. With hindsight, probably there ought to have been [a
report]. He was in such a fragile and frail state," Lord Hope said.
The Catholic Church in Nigeria is set to reconcile its differences with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Speaking in Abuja as part of the ceremony marking this
year's World Communication Day, the director of communications, Catholic
Archdiocese of Abuja, Rev Fr Tom Asen, disclosed that discussions were
underway to ensure that the Catholic Church in Nigeria returned to CAN.
It would be recalled that the Catholic Church in Nigeria recently
pulled out as a member of the association due to some irreconcilable
differences between the two bodies.
Fr Asen noted that disagreement and reconciliation were part of human
existence, because it existed in every organisation, including
"We are hoping that very soon, the catholic church in Nigeria will
return as a full member of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
This is based on the on-going discussions at various levels over the
issue. Nigerians should realise that disagreement and reconciliation are
part and parcel of human existence, because even family members at
times quarrel and reconcile", he said.
Also speaking, a representative of the Director General, Nigerian
Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mrs Francisca Aiyetan, advised media
practitioners in the country to always stick to the ethics of journalism
profession to avoid sanctions from the commission.
Aiyetan who is a zonal director in the commission urged Nigerians not
to be influenced by information coming from the social media, since the
channel has became an all comers medium.