Anglican Church Will No Longer Support Non-Disclosure Agreements

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

“I have said many times that I am totally against NDAs,” Archbishop Justin Welby said in an interview with Times Radio on April 20. “NDAs are unacceptable.”

He was “horrified” to learn of racist abuse aimed at priests and staff within the church.

He also said he was “horrified” to learn of racist abuse aimed at priests and staff within the church.

One Church of England diocese allegedly spent 500,000 British pounds, the equivalent of 694,150 in U.S. dollars, on 20 Non-Disclosure Agreements. Jo Kind was the personal assistant of Reverend Tom Walker and “used to insist on stripping off his clothes and wandering round the vicarage” during the late-1980s and early ’90s. In a 2018 interview, she claimed she was abused by the vicar and was forced to sign an NDA. 

Anglican Church abuse survivor Lee Furney told The Roys Report he started #NDAfree hoping to end the perversion of NDAs in Christian organizations. 

“For Welby to be shocked by (the use of NDAs in the Anglican Church) shows that he’s at best out of touch,” said Furney. “I would be shocked if nobody has complained to Lambeth Palace about NDAs before and for him to have realized there’s a problem.”

Welby restated in the interview: “I have said many times that I am totally against NDAs. NDAs are unacceptable. I am just horrified by that and horrified by the fact of racism.”

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-By Corine Gatti-Santillo

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