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Sexual harassment and assault

We are all sinners, and the church is not immune: but keep the faith

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 June, 2018, 8:02am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 June, 2018, 8:02am

I refer to your report about the recent cases of sexual harassment in local churches (“With sexual harassment, Hong Kong churches face twofold problems”, June 25).

These scandals have broken out at a time when Christianity is losing its popularity. Some people may believe that church-goers are all saints and have to observe high moral values. Others think that church-goers fall short of the standards of God and so should not be followed. Either way, they stay away from the church.

It is undeniable that, believers or not, we have high expectations of pastors. They are supposed to have gained sound training in theology and to be spiritual in character. Naturally, people react strongly when church scandals break out.

The truth is, we are all sinners in the churches and are prone to human weaknesses, like everybody else.

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I understand why churches try to handle such matters with intradisciplinary measures; the image of the church is important. But surely God wouldn’t be pleased if we preached good behaviour to the congregation on the one hand and condoned unlawful acts of staff on the other.

It is a matter of conscience, and of testimony to God.

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People may say what they like about the failings of Christianity, but it is high time they recognised that the church, like everywhere else, is full of imperfect people. It is only that we are inspired by and try to learn from a perfect God.

Jacqueline Kwan, Mid-Levels