Australian Royal Commission criticizes diocese and two former bishops over child safeguarding failures

December 6, 2017

[Anglican Communion News Service] An official inquiry looking at institutional response to child sex abuse in Australia has heavily criticised the Diocese of Newcastle and two former bishops for their “do nothing approach.” The Royal Commission, an official statutory inquiry, found that by failing to act,  former Bishop of Newcastle Alfred Holland enabled the continued abuse of children by two priests: Peter Rushton and James Brown; and it said that failings by his successor, Bishop Roger Herft, of “weak and ineffectual” leadership which “showed no regard for the need to protect children.”

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