January 25, 2005

Service for bishop riles abuse victims

The Advertiser

By Nigel Hunt
THE Anglican Church is under pressure to cancel a planned commemoration service to honour former archbishop Dr Ian George, following a backlash from victims of sexual abuse within the church.

Victims and their families have reacted angrily after learning the service, at St Peter's Cathedral on February 13, had been organised by the Adelaide Diocese.

They have accused the diocese of "gross insensitivity and arrogance" towards them and their healing process. In response to the outcry, the Anglican Church's acting administrator, John Collas, last night said the service was being reviewed.

Initial discussions were held last night with Dr George to discuss the future of the service and a decision was likely to be made today.

Posted by kshaw at January 25, 2005 02:23 PM