A statement on the sentencing of Fr Anthony White.

June 10, 2022

As Bishop of Arundel & Brighton Diocese I apologise sincerely for the actions of Fr Anthony White. I hope that the sentencing of Fr Anthony will bring some comfort to those who have suffered, although it can never undo the harm they have experienced or the long wait for justice they have had to endure.

I renew the apologies previously made for the abuse suffered by anyone in the care of those ministering or working on behalf of the Church.

All allegations of abuse are taken seriously and are reported to the police. It is hoped that publicity from a case like this will encourage survivors to come forward knowing that they will be heard, and that justice can be achieved.

We work to uphold the highest standards of care and protection and are committed to rebuilding trust and confidence in the ways in which we ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are kept safe.

Our Safeguarding team would like to assure anyone wishing to discuss or report abuse that we will listen to you, take you seriously, and consider how best we can support you.

People affected by abuse in the Church can also access help and support through Safe Spaces a free, national support service run independently by Victim Support providing a confidential, personal, and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with the Catholic Church in England and Wales.


Safe Spaces can be contacted here:

T: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)


E: or LiveChat


To contact the diocesan Safeguarding team:

T: 01273 241203