“Strategy of doing nothing”

Breast cross of a bishop © Harald Oppitz (KNA)

Between the years 1980 and 2015, there were more than 1000 cases of sexual violence in Australia's Anglican dioceses, nearly 250 of which involved priests. According to the state abuse commission, Bishop Appleby is now to be removed from office.

For covering up abuse cases, Australia's Anglican Church has voted to remove one of its bishops from office. Basis of the recommendation are data of the national abuse commission, according to which bishop Richard Appleby (78) drove at its time as auxiliary bishop in the diocese of Newcastle a "strategy of doing nothing", reports the transmitter ABC on this Tuesday. As a result, the commission on "professional standards" had recommended the impeachment on the same day.

Deadline of 28 days for objection

Appleby would be the first Anglican bishop in Australia to be removed from office for failure in abuse cases. He had 28 days to appeal the commission's recommendation.

Australia's Anglicans are most affected by abuse cases after the Catholic Church. This is according to the final report of the State Abuse Commission published in December 2017. According to the report, between 1980 and 2015, in 22 of the 23 Anglican dioceses, 1.085 people victims of sexualized violence with a total of 1.115 documented cases. 285 perpetrators were lay people, 247 priests. However, he said the number of unreported cases is much higher.

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