The Waddington Files

This section provides information about a joint investigation by The Australian and The Times in London into the former Dean of Manchester Robert Waddington.

Archbishop Announces Independent Inquiry

Media release from the Office of the Archbishop of York

Monday 22nd July 2013

For immediate release

Archbishop Announces Independent Inquiry

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has today announced the appointment of Her Honour Judge Sally Cahill QC to be Chair of an independent Inquiry into the Church’s handling of reports of alleged sexual abuse […]

Robert Waddington’s cycle of abuse stretches beyond 50 years

The Australian
June 01, 2013

THE Church of England banished serial pedophile priest Robert Waddington to Australia, where he abused children across a decade, after suspicions were raised about him molesting choirboys in his London parish.

In an alleged church cover-up spanning almost 60 years, Waddington was suddenly and unexpectedly sent to a […]

Continuing investigation

Our research and investigations are continuing into Waddington’s activities in Australia and in the UK, Ravenshoe School in North Queensland and the Oratory of the Good Shepherd. Anyone with information is welcome to contribute via this website by sending me an email.

Thank you to everyone who has already made contact with the investigation team.

With […]

18 May 2013

Accused cleric link to top music school probe


From: The Australian

May 18, 2013

THE senior Anglican clergyman at the centre of an international child sex scandal was also a governor of a prestigious English music college that is under investigation for the alleged abuse of scores of its students across decades. […]

16 May 2013

Dean was still preying on choirboys when Church ruled him too ill to be a risk

The Times, London

Sean O’Neill Crime Editor

A senior Church of England cleric suspected of being a serial child abuser was a governor of the scandal-hit Chetham’s School of Music for nine years and preyed on its pupils.

New evidence from abuse […]

May 13, 2013

UK church orders abuse inquiry

The Australian


THE Church of England has ordered a formal independent investigation into the handling of child-sex allegations against a senior clergyman in Australia and Britain.

Archbishop of York John Sentamu at the weekend commissioned the high-level inquiry into the alleged child sex abuse in the […]

May 12, 2013

In London . . .

Church considers nationwide audit of clerical abuse cases

The Times

Ruth Gledhill Religion Correspondent

Last updated at 4:05PM, May 12 2013

The Church of England is considering its first ever national audit of its entire child protection system, after allegations that the former Archbishop of York had failed to report abuse by a […]

May 11, 2013

In Australia . . . .

Accused headmaster turned me into pedophile, says convicted cleric Peter Gilbert


From: The Australian

May 11, 2013 12:00AM

A CLERGYMAN who allegedly raped boys at a north Queensland boarding school in the 1960s has claimed he was ordered to take female hormones by his headmaster, […]

Who was Robert Waddington?

Robert Murray Waddington was born in 1927 at Bognor Regis, England. When he left school he went to Cambridge to study medicine but did not complete his degree. He then studied theology at Ely Theological College.

His first church posting was as a curate in the parish of Bethnal Green in London where […]

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