I wonder if this article is enough to generate any interest. I wonder if this is close enough to home. I wonder if we all might be brought closer together in the pursuit of true justice. I am not asking for your brief outrage; I am asking for your willingness to continue to learn and make efforts to understand.
I call on AB Herft to resign, hand back his AOM and Holy Orders, make a personal payment of
from his long service entitlement, and retire gracefully.
But in the long journey of change transformation and renewal does the culture of “Holy Orders” transcend the needs of the Forgotten Australian children who suffered in the North Coast Children’s Home over decades?
Again this shows that Resignation rather than early retirement avoids the difficulties Liturgically that an early retirement created.
My understanding was that after an early Retirement during the Prayers for the People that Prayers are said for The Administrator rather than the early retired Bishop.
We need to keep an atmosphere of safety in the group understanding each other’s positions and view without value judgements. We have Agnostic Anglican Atheist Buddhist Catholic Humanistic Jewish Uniting Church, United Methodist, Zen Buddhist, and other worldviews among our members.
We acknowledge that “ cover up” is tantamount to abuse and that allowing offenders to continue to offend makes those that had the chance to prevent the cycle of offending criminally responsible for the damage done to victims.
Today you celebrate a festival that in its metaphorical images talk about love light truth peace and Joy.
Witnesses to the Royal Commission spoke of darkness lies corruption conflict and profound sorrow.
A house divided cannot stand!
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One key issue is that – there is quite a body of feeling in the church that bishops must be held accountable by a body external to their own diocese; the accountability
has to be held that way, cause most of the key people within a diocese are either personally known to the bishop, so there are conflicts of interest or have been appointed by the bishop, so there are conflicts of interest. So there needs to be an external body.
I’m wrestling with people who still don’t believe the
trauma of child-abuse…..,and that those who they loved and revered as their priests are still innocent of all those – all the necessary information that has come forward. It is as if their devotion to priests and to the church comes before the genuine understanding of the suffering that many families and individuals continue to go through. So there needs to be a heart and minds process, as well as a legislative national response.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/feb/06/victims-say-catholic-church-data-on-child-abuse-underestimates-scale-of-offending ( kept for permanent record ) ( note post on ACA stats May 2017 )
March 04 2017 Trigger Warning on this One as it dates back to Current Era 1930 – 1962. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4278876/Mass-grave-former-Catholic-mother-baby-home.html?ITO=1490 richiejs…