The New Scapegoats

The Clergy Victims of the Anglican Church Sexual Abuse Crisis

by Muriel Porter

The New Scapegoats: The Clergy Victims of the Anglican Church Sexual Abuse Crisis
ISBN: 978-1532619946
Pages: 78
ISBN: 978-1532619939
Pages: 78

In response to its public shaming over child sexual abuse allegations, the Anglican Church of Australia has adopted draconian measures to regulate its clergy as a means of rebuilding its shattered reputation by appearing tough on every aspect of their lives. Its insistence on harsh puritanical standards of sexual behaviour has exposed Anglican clergy, innocent of any abusive behaviour, to demeaning punishments that in some cases have resulted in their deposition from Holy Orders. The New Scapegoats explores this hidden outcome through case studies, a comparison with the situation in the Church of England, and an examination of several theological aspects: the impact the new rules are having on the concept of the priesthood of all believers; sexual purity; forgiveness; and scapegoating.

About the Author

Dr Muriel Porter OAM, a Melbourne journalist, author and historian, is an Anglican laywoman. A member of the Anglican Church of Australia’s General Synod for the past thirty years, she has written extensively about issues facing the contemporary church. She has held a position as Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Divinity since 2016.

Faith-based Development

How Christian Organisations Can Make a Difference

by Bob Michell

Faith-Based Development: How Christian Organizations Can Make a Difference
ISBN: 9781626982147
Pages: 256
Pages: 256

International development work is a largely secular discipline that has historically distanced itself from faith concerns; even many faith-based NGOs have sought to minimize the relationship between their religious convictions and their work. Secular groups often see faith-based agencies as “irritating marginal players” in the global development scene. This book argues that the effectiveness of these types of organisations often derives from their sense of religious mission and that this values base should be strengthened and reclaimed. Church and parachurch organisations have long been major players in international development work. Drawing on extensive qualitative evidence the book maps the unique strengths of faith-based approaches to development. The author argues that when governors of faith-based NGOs are intentional about the role of faith in their work organisations can become more accountable, effective, and resistant to organisational drift.

About the Author

Revd Dr Robert Mitchell has held a position as Honorary Research Associate with the University of Divinity since 2016.