The Church of England has formally apologised for past child abuse by Anglican priests and its own “serious failure” to prevent it, the BBC reports.
The ruling General Synod, meeting in York, endorsed a report apologising for abuse in the Chichester diocese, the BBC said.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said there needed to be “a complete change of culture and behaviour” in the Church.
Opening the debate, the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler, said the Church had “failed to listen properly”.
The bishop read out a statement from victims of child abuse in the Church who called for a public inquiry to find out the number of victims, how the Church protected abusers and whether there was a cover-up.