Priests were allowed to continue working despite being accused of serious child abuse offences.

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Archbishop of Canterbury: Paedophile priests were allowed to continue working despite being accused of sexual abuse. Read more:

Church of England orders child abuse inquiry

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has set up an inquiry in Chichester diocese in southern England, reportedly after allegations that paedophile priests were allowed to continue working despite being accused of sexual abuse.

The archbishop's decision to investigate the diocese will throw the spotlight on abuse by clergy in the Church of England, raising an issue which has already rocked the Catholic Church in a number of countries.

A statement late on Thursday from the archbishop's Lambeth Palace residence said the inquiry had been launched "in response to concerns within the diocese" but declined to expand on the background to the fears.

Current child protection arrangements within the diocese will be scrutinised and recommendations on future conduct will be made.

Williams has appointed a bishop and a lawyer and his Lambeth Palace said the probe had the backing of Bishop of Chichester, the Right Reverend Dr John Hind.

It was announced in July that father-of-three Hind will retire next April after 11 years as bishop.

 

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