IICSA: Statement by the Abbot President

Christopher Jamison, Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation, said:

“The English Benedictine Congregation is committed to assisting the Inquiry in a completely honest and transparent way. We have to learn and we have to change. In short, we must do more to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

I am truly sorry for what happened. I apologise unequivocally to all those who were abused by any person connected with our abbeys and schools. What happened is shameful. As the number of children who were abused has become apparent, this shame is accompanied by intense sadness at the anguish caused to so many people.

Whilst the Inquiry hearings will hear from a small number of victims and survivors, there are many others whose voices it is right that the Congregation should hear. Some may have contacted an abbey or school in the past and been dissatisfied with the response. Some may never have done so. I urge all those victims and survivors to make contact, so they can be given the appropriate support and assistance.

We will listen, understand and act on the findings and recommendations of the Public Inquiry.”

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