On Monday, November 25, St John's Anglican Church in Darlinghurst will hold a special service for survivors of abuse.
Tears and Hope will be attended by Archbishop Glenn Davies. Previous participants have found the prayers and the words from the Archbishop to be helpful, at times bringing comfort and healing. It may be that the current Royal Commission has opened wounds for some, and this service aims to offer people a possible means of hope.
Some churches have had a poor record in dealing with cases of child sexual abuse in the past. It is reasonable to ask two questions. First, why did this happen? Second, what assurances can be given that this will not happen again?
In this lecture, Prof Patrick Parkinson will endeavour to answer these questions.