“I welcome the publication of the Interim Report by IICSA and will continue to work with the Inquiry as it progresses its vital work. Once again I apologise unequivocally to all those who were abused by any person connected with our abbeys and schools. The report highlights how flawed many of our past responses have been. We continue to work conscientiously to ensure our communities are safe environments for young people both now and in the future.
"I am not in a position to comment further at this time as there are still the English Benedictine Congregation Part Two hearings to be held by the Inquiry in February next year. I will once again attend every day of those hearings in order to understand what responses the Congregation needs to make. In the meantime, all EBC monasteries will examine the Interim Report in detail and consider how to implement its recommendations in their abbeys and schools.
"Whilst the Inquiry hearings will continue to hear from a number of victims and survivors, there may be others whose voices have not been heard and to whom we should listen. If they have not yet contacted the authorities or us I would urge them to do so."