Saturday, August 8, 2009

"Is anyone listening to the searing voice of the victim?" with Frank Kearing

9:00 a.m.

I enjoyed this workshop... The speaker, Governor Frank Keating, told his story of why he resigned as chairman of the National Review Board in June of 2003. "...our church is a faith institution. A home to Christ's people. It is not a criminal enterprise... It does not condone and cover up criminal activity. It does not follow a code of silence," he said.

Mr. Keating explained why this statement was true: church is not a place for criminal activity and if someone did wrong, even if it was clergy, they should be exposed and incriminated.

However, instead of having a bandwagon of followers and peers who agreed with his statement, Keating said, "My remarks, which some bishops found offensive, were deadly accurate. I make no apology. To resist grand jury subpoenas, to suppress the names of offending clerics, to deny, to obfuscate, to explain away: that is the model of a criminal organization, not my church."

I appreciated the fact that Keating noted that "It is sad that SNAP has to exist... why do people who proclaim a holy calling committ evil actions?" He also noted that it is wrong to pass criminal people down the line... if a pedophile is fired from a church, why receive at another?? Great insights...

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