Lederen av den største gruppen anglikanere som søker forening med Roma, erkebiskop John Hepworth, forteller i dag om forferdelige seksuelle misbruk han ble utsatt for i Den katolske Kirke i Australia i unge år. I erkebispedømmet Melbourne fikk han god behandling etter at han leverte sin klage i 2008, i erkebispedømmet Adelaide har det fortsatt nesten ikke skjedd noe med hans klage siden da.
An Australian archbishop leading a breakaway Anglican faction that wants to reunite with Rome has revealed that he fled the Catholic priesthood after experiencing systematic sexual abuse over more than a decade.
Archbishop John Hepworth, the primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, a 400,000-member Anglican breakaway group seeking reconciliation with the Vatican, broke decades of silence after securing an apology from the Catholic church and an offer of $75,000 compensation.
The revelation of his private pain, known until today only to family, a few close friends and senior church leaders, adds an extraordinary personal twist to the creation of Anglican ordinariates that have opened the way for the largest mass defection to the Catholic Church since the Reformation.
Despite what he suffered over a 12-year period from 1960 at the hands of two priests and a fellow seminary student who went on to be ordained, Archbishop Hepworth said he was determined to continue his mission to bring the churches together. …