CNA Staff, Nov 11, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- Catholic leaders promised to reform safeguarding procedures Tuesday following the publication of a highly critical independent report on child abuse within the Church in England and Wales.

The 147-page report published Nov. 10 — the same day as the McCarrick Report — accused Cardinal Vincent Nichols of failing to accept “personal responsibility” or “demonstrate compassion towards victims” during a public hearing.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report said that the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales “did not always exercise the leadership expected of a senior member of the Church, at times preferring to protect the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales and in Rome.”

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