Anglican Leaders Apologize Over Church ‘Shameful’ Act Ahead Of Child Sex Abuse Report

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The archbishops of Canterbury and York, the two most senior Anglican clerics, on Tuesday apologised to victims of sexual abuse within the church ahead of the publication of what is expected to be a damning report

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell said the release of the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) would be a “very harrowing time” for survivors of abuse.

“We are truly sorry for the shameful way the church has acted and we state our commitment to listen, to learn and to act in response to the report’s findings,” they wrote in an open letter.

“We cannot and will not make excuses and can again offer our sincere and heartfelt apologies to those who have been abused, and to their families, friends and colleagues.”

The report is expected to tackle the response of the Church of England and the church in Wales to claims of child sexual abuse.

“The report will identify failings that we are already working to change, and failings that we will need to work harder to change,” wrote the archbishops.

The government-created IICSA, which is examining institutions across Britain, last year said the church had “put its own reputation above the needs of victims”.

Its response was marked by “secrecy, prevarication and avoidance of reporting alleged crimes”, the inquiry into abuse in the diocese of Chichester found.

The report also criticised Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, for his “misguided” support along with others of Bishop Peter Ball, a prolific sex offender.

In 2015, Ball admitted and was jailed for abusing 17 teenagers and young men while Bishop of Lewes — part of the Chichester diocese — and Bishop of Gloucester.

He was arrested and cautioned by police in 1992 for gross indecency but the report said the Church allowed him to return to work “with indecent haste”.

Prince Charles, who kept up correspondence with Ball for more than two decades, later insisted he did not know the nature of the clergyman’s 1992 caution.

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Anglican Leader To Talk At Prince Harry’s Wedding

Britain’s Prince Harry (R), his US fiancee Meghan Markle (C), and Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attend a service of commemoration and thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day in Westminster Abbey in London.   Credit: AFP

 

The head of the Anglican church in the United States will give the main speech at the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and his US fiancee Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace announced Saturday.

The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, primate of the Episcopal Church, will deliver the address during the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, west of London, on May 19.

“The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness,” said Curry.

“And so we celebrate and pray for them today.”

Kensington Palace previously announced that David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, will conduct the wedding service.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury who is the spiritual head of the Church of England and the leader of the world’s 85 million Anglicans, will officiate over the marriage vows.

Curry became the 27th presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church in November 2015. Aged 65 and from Chicago, he is the first African-American to serve in that capacity.

The Episcopal Church is a member of the global Anglican Communion led by Welby and counted 1.9 million active baptised members in 2015.

It caused a rift within the Communion in 2003 when it ordained the openly gay Gene Robinson as a bishop.

In 2012 it became the biggest faith group in the United States to approve a provisional rite for blessing same-sex unions.

Markle baptised 

Markle was baptised and confirmed by Welby in March ahead of her marriage.

She is understood to have chosen to join the Church of England out of respect for the role Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II has as supreme governor of the Anglican Communion’s mother church.

Markle’s father is an Episcopalian, while her mother belonged to another Protestant denomination.

Nonetheless, Markle attended a private Roman Catholic girls’ school in Los Angeles.

Harry is sixth in line to inherit the crown.

Catholics are excluded from succession to the throne, and the sovereign must be in communion with the Church of England, swear to preserve it and promise to uphold the Protestant succession.

Before a 2013 law came into force across the 16 Commonwealth realms that share Queen Elizabeth as head of state, people who married Catholics were also excluded from the order of succession.

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Anambra Primary Schools Get 5 Billion Naira For Facility Upgrade

The Anambra State Government has released another 5billion Naira for continued rehabilitation of both public and mission schools in the state.

This comes one week after the presentation of 5billion Naira Conditional Grant Scheme for accelerated execution of projects in various Local Government Areas of the state, towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

In a ceremony at the Women Development Center, Awka, the State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, who presented the cheque alongside the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Suleman Dikko, announced that his administration though gradually coming to an end, would ensure total transformation of the education sector in the state.

When in 2011, Anambra State Governor handed over schools previously owned by missions back to them; he resolved to provide continued financial resources to assist in the renovation and reconstruction of the dilapidated buildings in those schools.

According to the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Uju Okeke, the Governor further embarked on procurement of school buses, laptops and instructional materials, and presently, over 250,000 laptops and over 400 buses have been distributed to schools. All those the commissioner said were geared towards producing high quality brains and better leaders of tomorrow.

While the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Suleman Dikko, maintained that the educational policy of Anambra State was one to be copied because of its direct impact, the Country Director of United Nations International Children’s Education Fund, UNICEF, Charles Nzuki, urged all to invest in education.

While over 1.6billion Naira went to the Catholic mission primary schools, over 1.1billion Naira went to the Anglican; another 2.3billion Naira went to the public schools, the State Governor, before the disbursement of the cheques, said that he was not yet done with the educational transformation of the state.

UNICEF has selected Anambra State out of the states in the South East of Nigeria for Private Public Partnership, PPP, which will be launched in March 2014.