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Letters to AO

EVERY WEEK WE PUBLISH a selection of letters we receive in response to something you've read at Anglicans Online. Stop by and have a look at what other AO readers are thinking.

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Letters from the week of 27 November - 3 December 2017

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Many years ago I stood in support of the victim of sexual abuse by a priest. Thankfully the bishop of that diocese was supportive and acted promptly. But within the local congregation, the place where we came together to pray and worship and love one another, it was a different story. I won't take the time or space to repeat a very familiar story of denial, rejection and emotional brutality, or to go into detail about the years of healing it took, the grief, the struggle through loss of faith and back into the sort of hope that makes the Cross far more real to me than it was before. There was grace in the midst of that hell, though it took me a long time to recognize it and I mostly recognized it in retrospect.

All of the above is to say that the writer of this painful and courageous article is not alone. If he or she wants to have someone who has been there to talk with, you have my e-mail. May God give you strength and peace.

Sister Diana Doncaster, C.T.
Community of the Transfiguration
Cincinnati, OH, US
29 November 2017

Ed: We thank you for your generous offer and your couragous stance.

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