March 22, 2005

Church pledges culture change amid abuse report findings


The Anglican church in Adelaide in South Australia has vowed to undertake a culture change following the release of a new report into abuse and violence in the church.

The church commissioned academic Dr Zoe Morrison to research the attitude of its clergy and church workers to the abuse of children and the sexual abuse of adults.

Dr Morrison's report found a culture of hostility towards women was deeply ingrained and ranged from bullying to sexual abuse.

Adelaide Archdeacon Peter Stuart says the church is taking the report's findings seriously and is committed to changing its culture.

"In part what we need to do is to talk to others about what they think the culture of the church should be, so that we can get it right," he said.

Posted by kshaw at March 22, 2005 08:07 AM