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Former Moravian Minister calls on church leadership to take action

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 1:11 PM

A former minister of the Moravian Church is calling for its leadership to be consistent in taking action to deal with pastors who have been accused of sexual misconduct.

Dr Canute Thompson's plea comes amid sex charges against the pastor of the Nazareth Moravian church 64-year-old Rupert Clarke.

Clarke was allegedly caught by the police in compromising position with a 15-year-old girl.

Thompson said while he was a Moravian Minister, he was among those who brought reports to the church leadership about some members who were accused of sexual misconduct and asked for action to be taken.

However, he is claiming that the Moravian church did not consistently investigate, verify and take action against those accused.

 

Former Moravian Minister Dr Canute Thompson

Writing in today's Gleaner, he raised the issue of the church and moral leadership.

READ: Canute S. Thompson | The Church And Moral Leadership — Part 2

Thompson is calling for the Moravian Church to publicly declare whether it has ever received reports of sexual misconduct among its members and what actions it has taken.

 

Former Moravian Minister Dr Canute Thompson

This morning efforts to contact the president of the Moravian Church Dr Paul Gardener were not successful.

However, last week, he said the church does not condone behavioural misconduct among pastors.