Anglican Diocese of Perth. Some “lies and deception” in regard Bishop Herfts retirement ?….


Given the administration were aware of the likely Adverse Findings that were being drafted in regard to R Herft ,the following questions require answering .

Who placed pressure on the Administration to have R Herft Bless the new Building at a private unofficial opening of the twenty million dollar “Church House”  development?

Did they know that this would upset Survivors their families and supporters? 

Did they care?

 

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The Empty Archbishops Chair St Georges Cathedral 130717.

Finally, Herft has retired and the Bishops Gate Mansion has the removalists move in.

 

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The Archbishops Mansion on a multi-million dollar site  CBD Perth

 

 

But wait? Behind the scenes, all is not as it seems .

 

 

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Plaque at the Entrance to the 20 Million Dollar new “Church House” dated February 2017.

 

 

(Confirmation has been requested from the Senior Administration in Regards to who authorised this memorialisation)

 

Herft Communique October 2016

“I have decided to voluntarily stand aside from my role function and duties  This will include all duties including ordinations, pastoral visits, public functions, Synod, Diocesan Council, correspondence and other related engagements.”

 

 

Timeline Herft Retirement

July 2016 ABC 730 Report Releases First and Second Nights Coverage of the Royal Commission Evidence.

ABC 730 Report

ABC 730 Report 2 “Whistleblowers”

 

 

“LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The Anglican Church is in damage control after 7.30’s revelations last night about a paedophile network within its ranks. Tonight we hear from the victims, abused and betrayed by priests they trusted. 7.30 has uncovered evidence that senior clergy were warned about what was going on, but complaints about the ringleaders were buried. These revelations raised questions about the role of one of the nation’s most senior Anglicans, Perth Archbishop Roger Herft, who led the Newcastle Diocese for more than a decade. This exclusive report by Anne Connolly, and a warning: it contains disturbing material. “

 

 

R Herft announces in October he is standing aside.

 

 

Herft Resignation october

 

 

I was grateful to have the opportunity to meet with members of the Diocese in recent weeks. I am grateful to each of you for your presence, participation and contributions to these conversations. I am particularly grateful to Bishop Kate, Bishop Jeremy and Archdeacon Braden for co-ordinating these consultations. 
I have decided to voluntarily stand aside from my role, function and duties as Archbishop of Perth and Metropolitan of Western Australia with immediate effect. This will include all duties including ordinations, pastoral visits, public functions, Synod, Diocesan Council, correspondence and other related engagements.

I have taken this decision after much prayer, thought and consultation with my advisors to allow for the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Perth to flourish. I believe this is the appropriate decision while I focus my attention on the Royal Commission’s ongoing inquiry into the Diocese of Newcastle.

I am humbled by the courage and fortitude of survivors and victims of child sexual abuse as they continue to bear witness to their stories of suffering.

In December the Diocese releases this communique announcing Herfts Retirement

 

 

Statement by the Anglican Diocese of Perth

15 December 2016

The Archbishop of Perth, The Most Reverend Roger Herft, informed the Diocesan Council today of his decision to retire a year ahead of schedule, namely 7 July 2017. The Archbishop will continue to take accrued leave until that date.

In accepting his decision, the Diocesan Council thanked the Archbishop for his significant contribution to the Anglican Church of Australia and the wider Anglican Communion over 43 years of faithful ministry, and particularly as Archbishop of Perth since 2005.

In accordance with the Archbishop’s Statute 2016, the Administrator will convene early in 2017 a committee of clergy and laity elected by the Synod of the Diocese to appoint a successor.

 

 


R Herft takes early Retirement and is on “leave” until his official Retirement in July 2017 remains in Perth on “Early Retirement”



An event the opening and “Blessing” of the new Church House occurs in February 2017 two months after R Herfts official retirement, seemingly behind closed doors and a non-public event where not even most Clergy are invited.

 

Was the Administration aware of the frustration amongst Clergy and Laity that there was not a more public opening for Church House?

 

But somehow R Herft attended as the Plaque records.

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The Royal Commission Working Group for the National  Synod has this policy in place.

 

Use of Names Policy Anglican
“Anglican Church of Australia Royal Commission Working Group
Principles for the use of names of persons who perpetrated, or failed to take action in relation to, child sexual abuse.

 

Use of Names Policy Anglican
“Anglican Church of Australia Royal Commission Working Group
Principles for the use of names of persons who perpetrated, or failed to take action in relation to, child sexual abuse.

Introduction
The Church has followed the practice of naming organisations, buildings, commemorative plaques, trusts, bursaries, gifts, prizes, scholarships and events to honour the service of persons such as bishops, school principals, benefactors and others. In recognition of the impact of child sexual abuse on survivors and their families, their courage, and the pain they have experienced and continue to endure, the Church has a responsibility to ensure that appropriate consideration is given to the use of names in these circumstances. In particular, the Church recognises that this use of the name of persons who perpetrated child sexual abuse or failed to take action when they were aware of child sexual abuse will cause distress to survivors and their families. Accordingly, the Church has developed these principles to govern the use of names in these circumstances.

1. The Church should always remove the name and image of persons who perpetrated child sexual abuse from, and not use their name or image in connection with, organisations, buildings, trusts, bursaries, gifts, prizes, scholarships and events for which it has responsibility.

2 The Church should normally remove the name and image of persons who failed to take reasonable action when they were aware of child sexual abuse, and not use their name or image in connection with, organisations, buildings, trusts, bursaries, gifts, prizes, scholarships and events for which it has responsibility.

3. The Church should not remove the name or image of persons who perpetrated child sexual abuse or failed to take action when they were aware, or held suspicions, of child sexual abuse from commemorative plaques which record historical events, such as the officiation or attendance of such persons at the opening of a building. It is inappropriate to “rewrite” history by removing reference to such persons.

4. Notwithstanding the behaviour or failure of such a person, there may be a significant connection within the community to their name. Acknowledging that the removal of names can result in hurt, confusion and anxiety within the community, the Church should exercise sensitivity with, and give consideration to, family members, past-students’ associations and other groups that may be particularly connected to the name. This process should ensure that relevant information is provided to interested persons, and appropriate respect is given to those impacted by the removal of the name.

 

Given the administration were aware of the likely Adverse Findings that R Herft was going to be subject to and given that they also knew that they could circumvent this policy by citing Section 3 the following questions need answering .

Who placed pressure on the Administrator to have Herft Bless the new Building?

Did they know that this would upset Survivors their families and supporters  ? 

Did they care?

How much did the plaque cost ?

Many survivors their families supporters advocates and good hearted Church Workers remain disgusted at the scant regard for Survivors families friends and the decent institutional Church workers who have been sidelined and ignored in this Byzantine power play of denialist obscurantist minimisation.

 

 

 

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St Georges Anglican Cathedral Perth “The High Altar”

 

 

 

Herft Newcastle Herald Cover

 

Copyright 130717 RJS.

compassion to all caught in the storm of the Royal Commission.

 

 

3 Comments

    1. Will edit again with the Timeline of the Royal Commission hearings added. This is part of a wider story that may form part of prosecution evidence in deposition Canon Law Trials and can affect State Trials so sub judice applies.

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