Wise up

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

GOVERN­MENT author­i­ties rightly as­pire to­wards giv­ing the high­est pri­or­ity to child safety ( The Ad­ver­tiser, yes­ter­day). But wor­thy le­gal re­quire­ments and church pol­icy should never dis­agree when church and state op­er­ate un­der the wis­dom and jus­tice of God.

Govern­ment should set the high­est le­gal stan­dards, while church lead­ers should point out to con­gre­ga­tions that pen­i­ten­tial state­ments will be heard un­der the fol­low­ing pre­con­di­tion: Any crim­i­nal be­hav­iour that is con­fessed shall im­me­di­ately be re­ported per­son­ally by the pas­tor to the po­lice – ei­ther alone, or (ideally) ac­com­pa­nied by the pen­i­tent them­selves.

DAVID D’LIMA, Sturt.

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