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Pastor warns against hiding abuse in church

TREVOR YEARWOOD, [email protected]

Pastor warns against hiding abuse in church

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CHURCHGOERS AND THEIR LEADERS must not allow sex and other crimes against children within the institution to be swept under the rug.

New Testament Church of God Pastor Kenroy Burke made this call yesterday during a meeting that brought together New Testament leaders and the Child Care Board at Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Hastings, Christ Church.

Burke said once a crime had been committed, the onus must be on reporting it to the authorities and letting the law run its course. There was nothing wrong with consoling  the victim and praying for the perpetrator but it was also important that justice be dispensed.

Burke said churches needed to “be careful that you are not sweeping these things under the carpet to keep the church going”, thus avoiding an exodus of churchgoers a scandal was likely to cause. (TY)

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.