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 1960s and 80s by the late Reverend Robert Waddington, and the church’s response to complaints over the past 15 years.

It comes as the head of Australia’s Anglican Church, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, flew to north Queensland to meet the region’s bishop over the revelations, which centre on Waddington’s stint as principal of St Barnabas boarding school at Ravenshoe, west of Cairns, and later as dean of Manchester.

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