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Churches must protect kids from sex abuse

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2017 | 1:00 AMTHE EDITOR, Sir:

The Jamaica Umbrella Groups of Churches (JUGC) deeply regrets the allegations and controversies involving ministers of the Church. We sincerely sympathise with the individuals and families who have been victims, as well as those suffering because of these injurious allegations.

The JUGC strongly condemns all acts of abuse against our nation's children. We are in full support of the laws of our land in regard to the mandatory reporting of abuse of our children, whether real or suspected, and under all circumstances.

The JUGC appeals to our member churches to re-emphasise their policies that speak to the issues of protection of our nation's children and implement measures for evaluating compliance with the Child Care and Protection Act. Churches without such policies are being strongly encouraged to establish same. The JUGC remains committed to upholding high moral and ethical standards that we believe are consistent with the Holy Scripture and the witness of the Church.

Despite the negative light in which the Church has found itself today, it has had a long and enviable record of service to the nation, with many women, men and youths offering exemplary service. The Church, despite human limitations and vulnerabilities, remains God's Church and will continue to share the Good News of salvation that has the capacity to transform lives.

CASSELL DUNKLEY

Jamaica Umbrella Groups of

Churches