All posts tagged: royal commission

Inaction of the Church in the Past Requires Apology, Love, Compassion Now

I am sorry. I am so desperately sorry that fellow Christians have at times misrepresented Jesus by protecting people who sexually abused children. People who should have faced immediate investigation. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is revealing a disgraceful culture of cover-ups in the Church and other institutions. The victims, often nameless to protect identity, have shared stories from many decades past with the clarity and emotional wrench as if it happened yesterday. Such is the impact of sexual abuse on a child. Confronted with such stories, I have grieved their suffering and the way my Lord Jesus has been so seriously misrepresented. Jesus was a passionate advocate for children. If you would like to know what Jesus’ thoughts are on child sex abuse, in no uncertain terms, read no further than Matthew 18:6, “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the …

Drowning the Evil of Child Sexual Abuse

Can I brag about my son? He’s a little legend. Parrot. Clown. Contortionist. Daredevil. Invariably his audience is in giggles at his antics. Nineteen months is such a wonderful age. He has more energy than I know what to do with – if I could plug him in somewhere he’d more than solve Tassie’s electricity woes. But at the end of the day, when his battery is fizzling out and we lay him in his bed, I have the chance to look into those blue dinner-plate eyes. I see his chubby fingers curled around his favourite “blanky”, his cheeks flushed with sleepiness, his teeth neat like dominoes behind his ready smile. “Aaah-men,” he says at the end of our goodnight prayer, followed by “Wuv-yoo”. I can’t tell you what that little utterance means to me, and what feelings of love and joy and protectiveness well up when I am reminded of his vulnerability. It’s for the same reason that I join many others in expressing relief at Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement last week of a royal commission into …