British panel concludes Catholic Church failed abuse victims
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British panel concludes Catholic Church failed abuse victims

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 file photo, Cardinal Vincent Nichols pauses during a press conference aimed to fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, at the Vatican. A British inquiry has concluded that children could have been saved from sexual abuse had the Archdiocese of Birmingham not been so determined to protect its reputation. The report says Nichols, who was archbishop of Birmingham between 2000 and 2009, defended the “reputation of the Church rather than fully acknowledge the possibility of its shortcomings.” (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

LONDON — A British inquiry has concluded that children could have been saved from sexual abuse had the Archdiocese of Birmingham not been so determined to protect its reputation.

The report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse said Thursday that the church “repeatedly failed” to alert police to allegations and that while 130 allegations had been made against 78 individuals, the true scale of the offences is likely to be higher.

The inquiry criticized the current leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

The report says Nichols, who was archbishop of Birmingham between 2000 and 2009, defended the “reputation of the Church rather than fully acknowledge the possibility of its shortcomings.”

The Associated Press

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