January 25, 2005

Send-off for former archbishop draws criticism


The Anglican Church in Adelaide has been criticised for planning a public farewell service for former archbishop Ian George.

An email has been sent to parishes in Adelaide notifying them of the service of recognition for Dr George at St Peter's Cathedral next month, and asking for contributions towards a gift.

A traditional farewell service for Dr George was cancelled in June after he stepped down in the wake of a damning report into the church's handling of child sex abuse claims.

Child protection advocate Professor Freda Briggs says victims have told her they are distressed by the plans.

"The general view is that it is totally insensitive and it suggests that either the church doesn't believe what was in the report or that they just do not understand the long-term damage that child sexual abuse can have on victims," she said.

Posted by kshaw at January 25, 2005 08:17 AM