The Anglican Centre in Rome has appointed an Interim Director following the resignation of its Director, Bernard Ntahoturi, over allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Very Revd Dr John Shepherd will take on the role as the Interim Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See, The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome announced on 8 January.
Dr Shepherd served as Dean of St George's Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia from 1990 to 2014.
He was ordained at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne in 1966 having completed his BA at the University of Melbourne. He also has a Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Seminary in New York and a PhD from St.Catharine's College, Cambridge.
He has been a parish priest in Melbourne, on Long Island, in Manchester and Cambridge and was Chaplain of Christ Church, Oxford from 1980-1988. He has taught music as a university lecturer and is a noted theological commentator.
Bernard Ntahoturi resigned as Director of the Anglican Centre on 22 December last year.
In a statement posted on the centre's Facebook page, the governors wrote: "The governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome have accepted the resignation of its director Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi following his suspension last week over an allegation of sexual misconduct. The governors are now taking urgent steps to appoint an interim director, who will also act as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See."