…to the setting down…


His name is to be praised

I was taking LBJ out again at the oval and again, I was taken by how lucky (or to be church PC Рblessed) to have such great views literally at our doorstep. This oval has beautiful trees surrounding it, with a few (3-4) more picthes around just metres away, as well as nets just next to  the clubhouse at the edge of the oval. All this, directly across the road from where we are. Scenes like the above are just a few steps away. On a sunny day, the ending is a majestic bow of the sun which leaves great colours and hues. Even my lowly smartphone camera could capture a glimpse of such beauty.

Until recently, when such glorious splendor unveils itself, I would still be at my desk, cranking out some opinion or advice, and leave the office when the nature show’s all over, and trudge along in the dark, to get onto the tram and train. It has been magnificent to be able to visit this gift of nature, so accessible and so glorious, on a regular basis. I feel really rich indeed. And ever so grateful.



Protecting, and Journeying with Individual Versus Doing the Right Thing…

Senator Nick Xenophon has outed a senior catholic priest in relation to allegations of sexual misconduct against him. His reason? See this and the following extract:

‘The people of the Brighton parish have the right to know that for four years allegations have been outstanding that the priest, Ian Dempsey, raped John Hepworth and that church leadership has failed to make appropriate inquiries into this matter and that church leadership had failed to stand this priest down as a matter of course while inquiries take place.”

Was this the right thing to do on the part of the Senator? After all it was only an allegation, by someone who might have had reasons to be aggrieved in relation to a separate matter, someone who might have had an axe to grind. The priest had also categorically denied the allegation.
What it does show however, is the responsibilities of the leadership. That there was no inquiry, no apparent action taken in response to the allegation, was what disturbed many. If the inquiry had taken place and perhaps no standing down but some interim measures imposed on the priest while the inquiry is on foot, might have satisfied some, no least the parishioners.
The no-action response was a no-no. Church leadership should never be seen to have done nothing.
Protecting an individual must be taken into consideration but must never be the prime driver of most decisions.
Discerning what is right, must always be the first and prime process.