Church sex abuse scandalous
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Recently, there has been a spate of stories about church elders and pastors accused of sexual assault on minors. This is nothing short of outrageous.
It is alarming that people who are held in such high esteem often use their position of trust to take advantage of our most vulnerable - children.
The matter of child abuse being covered up in the Church has been going on for a long time. These are the same church leaders who are quick to assemble in large venues like Half-Way Tree, denouncing the rights of consenting adults in same-sex relations to love each other. The same ones who are fighting against repealing the antiquated buggery law, claiming this will encourage gay men to abuse kids.
The culture of the Church is to cover up. We've seen this for years around the world in the Catholic Church, which has been dogged by child-abuse scandals. It is probably worse in Jamaica, where the Church is so revered, and pastors, priests, and church elders protected - at all costs.
I am so sick of the hypocrisy within the Church. We must start a culture of 'talk di tings' to encourage people, victims, friends, families to speak up!