I am considering sending this to every church in the area where I live.
Of course, most will ignore it.
But, at least I would have tried.
I’m aware many church people will say ‘but they’ve paid their duty (prison) and they’ve been forgiven by God’ etc…
But, the fact is, most paedophiles and child sex offenders CANNOT be ‘cured’. They do not respond to rehabilitation programs.
So knowing this – it is disgusting, to allow these predators into churches – knowingly putting children at risk.
Most parents would never knowingly take their children to any other place where paedophiles and child offenders are attending. So why is a church any different?
Church is not meant to be an unsafe place, where children are at greater risk of being sexually abused.
All offenders, should be offered pastoral advice, care etc, away from normal church services. Not allowed into the general services. For all the church people, who immaturely believe I am being ‘judgmental’ and not showing enough ‘grace, mercy etc’…. you are wrong. I am not condemning child sex offenders, I don’t want them to burn in hell, I’m not suggesting they should not receive spiritual guidance and be supported in their journey.
I am simply saying, they should not be around children. That is empathy for children – who are vulnerable and don’t have a voice. And children who are let down by church people, who all too often encourage child abuse and fail to protect them. You only have to see the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse – to see how much abuse goes on. And still goes on.
I’m adding to this – I am so thankful this poster was so well received, on Twitter, including by mental health professionals. Thank God there are discerning people out there, who understand how wrong it is, to welcome known predators, to be vulnerable children.
~ Lilly Hope Lucario
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