Anglican register of abuse complaints out of date

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A national register of abuse incidents used by the Anglican Church to screen clergy appointments is seriously deficient and so out of date that scores of names may be missing from it, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

But the church's most senior figure, Phillip Aspinall, appears powerless to effect change in the nation's 23 dioceses, telling the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday: 'The Anglican Church makes federal politics look like kindergarten.'

The royal commission on Wednesday heard there was 'gross non-compliance' in the Grafton diocese in dealing with abuse claims.

Archbishop Aspinall has echoed the Catholic Church's call for a mandatory national compensation scheme for child sex abuse, saying this would ensure parity for victims 'not just between Anglican dioceses but across all community organisations so that we don't have different classes of victims.'

It would also be 'much quicker and simpler if it were imposed on us from outside', he said. The register of abuse incidents used to screen appointments had 129 names on it but scores have yet to be entered, Martin Drevikovsky, general secretary of the church's general synod, said.

He said the internal review had turned up 'a large number of files' that might need to be entered on the register, but he disagreed with the suggestion of commission chairman Justice Peter McClellan that 'hundreds' more names might need to be considered.

FULL COVERAGE

Anglican Church register of sex abuse complaints out of date, royal commission hears (SMH)

Hundreds of Anglican clergy not yet identified as paedophiles (ABC)

Legislate to 'force sex abuse compo', says Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall (Australian)

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