The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has told an inquiry the Church was “shocked to the core” by offspring sexual abuse perpetrated by members of the clergy.
The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, said the community has struggled to cope with “the presence of evil embodied in its members”.
He said the Church’s culture had improved “radically” in recent years, but there was still “more to achieve”.
Victims said deepens had been “slow”.
Giving evidence for the second time to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse( IICSA ), Archbishop Nichols said he had learned instructions about attacking defamation at a summit called by the Pope at the Vatican for senior bishops.