Neither Public nor Official

Peter Pocock

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Abstract

If we were to stand outside the Australian Anglican Church and observe its common life we would see much argument over matters that contemporary society may well believe are irrelevant or inexplicable. Thus, it appears increasingly more difficult for the Anglican Church to make its presence felt and to have its voice heard in the larger world. The sexual abuse scandals that have enveloped the church and the wider community over the last decade have meant that, in addition to the disgraceful perpetration of these abuses by individuals on innocent children and adults, the church has failed to deal adequately with such scandals. The Public face of the church has been damaged considerably as a result. This writer looks at the confession within the Anglican Eucharistic liturgy and asks discomfited and disturbingly difficult questions of the church about what it takes to build anew the Public image of the church.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalSt. Mark's review: A journal of Christian thought and opinion
Volume203
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

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