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Letters from the week of 3 July — 9 July, 2017

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Remembering all victims of clergy abuse

I commend your commentary on the resignation of former ABC Lord George Carey as an important symbol of the need for the church at all levels to take responsibility for safeguarding children against abuse by sexual predators and refusing to cover it up. But it is not only children who are vulnerable to such predators in collars. Vulnerable adults—for example those struggling to deal with memories of childhood abuse, dysfunctional homes, battering situations, grief etc., have too often been manipulated by unethical clergy into sexual relationships that are mistakenly called "affairs" between "consenting adults". Those situations are as spiritually and emotionally destructive of the victims, the congregations and the clergy involved as abuse of innocent children. Those victims, too, require protection and truth speaking as well as the most help we can possibly give them to aid in recovery.

The Rev. Sister Diana Doncaster
Community of the Transfiguration
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
3 July 2017

 

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