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The smell of sheep

Peter Day, Canberra & Goulburn priest, discusses how we can recover from clericalism and power to become the church of the poor, a gospel church.

We need to have a serious conversation about the mess we’re in. One that doesn’t play the ‘man’ (bishops/clerics), but rather the ‘ball’ (church governance/culture). What we face is deep and systemic; it requires root and branch reform. Without such reform we will continue to produce fertile ground for the abuse of power.

The catastrophe that is sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the cultural factors that have contributed to it are seriously complex, and unravelling the mess will take a generation or two, or three!

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