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Bishop Martin responds to the Archbishop's Visitation report

Bishop Martin responds to the Archbishop's Visitation report

"We welcome the Final Report that brings the Archbishop's Visitation to a formal conclusion. This is the moment for us to record our profound thanks to Dr Rowan Williams, who instituted the visitation while he was Archbishop, to the present Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev’d and Rt Hon Justin Welby, and to the Commissaries themselves, the Rt Rev’d John Gladwin and His Honour Judge Rupert Bursell QC.

"The Visitation has enabled us to comprehend the damage done to so many people’s lives. I hope that all victims and those affected recognise in the words of the Interim and Final Reports that their concerns have begun to be heard, their determination recognised, and their extraordinary courage honoured.

"We believe that there may be many more victims of abuse who have never come forward to report their experiences.  We wish to reassure them that we will listen to and respond in any ways that are appropriate to a report of abuse by priests or Church workers.

"Finally, we welcome the attention drawn in the Interim and Final Reports to the scope of the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003.  It is vital that our procedures engender trust and confidence among our partner agencies, among survivors and their families."

Link to the Archbishop of Canterbury's statement