Last week’s published letter referred to the recent conviction of Peter Ball, one time bishop of Lewes.
It was he, in fact, who was the presiding bishop when I was inducted and installed as vicar of a church and parish in Crowborough several years ago.
Carole Goddard’s letter expressed her impression that the bishop was a ‘lovely, kind and caring person.’ I agree with that initial impression entirely.
However, I question her resultant personal observation that “How could any of us who sit in a church now trust the person giving the sermon?” She finds now that her trust has been destroyed and rejects her affiliation with any Christian denomination.
None of us, Christian or no, is without fault but to assume that the fault (or sin) of one impacts upon all others is a gross misunderstanding of human nature. The weakness or failings of one individual cannot be put upon all others.
As a retired Anglican priest living in Hastings, I am still invited to officiate and preach at local churches. Thank God that I appear not to have been ‘lumped together’ with those accused of some grave misdoing. There is a word that seems to be in short supply in our modern age and that is ‘Trust.’ Perhaps Carole Goddard might reinvestigate her own trust in human kind.
Iain E Morrison
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