Continuing with a more in depth review of the DVD series – Towards Belief. This week looking at Church Abuse.

• Abuse in churches is more difficult because it is an abuse of trust and goes against the church’s teaching on morality
• Perpetrators target churches because of their easy access to children and people are more trusting
• Perpetrators groom not only children but also church leaders
• Disappointing because the Christian message ought to make a difference in people’s lives
• Worst in Catholic Churches because they run more orphanages and schools
• Attitudes that fosters abuse: Concept of an angry God; living by moral laws and not personal responsibility; celibacy
• Abuse goes against what Christians believe
• Forgiveness is the great thing about Christianity but is dangerous for offenders who may not have repented
• In repentance we take responsibility for our actions and admitting the truth to others (even the police)
• We all have a responsibility to keep children safe
• Churches are becoming safer places, there are more safeguards in place, heightened awareness, and training
• God is our only hope of healing