‘For­give our cricket cheats’

The West Australian - - NEWS - Kim Macdon­ald

Angli­can Arch­bishop Kay Goldswor­thy hopes the Aus­tralian pub­lic can for­give the “dev­as­tated” crick­eters em­broiled in the cheat­ing con­tro­versy, and that those in­volved can pick up the pieces of their lives.

Speak­ing af­ter the Easter ser­mon at St Ge­orge’s Cathedral in Perth yes­ter­day, Arch­bishop Goldswor­thy said peo­ple al­ways be­came up­set when their heroes did not live up to ex­pec­ta­tions, but she hoped they could move on in for­give­ness.

Arch­bishop Goldswor­thy ac­knowl­edged the crick­eters in­volved in the ball-tam­per­ing con­tro­versy — Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Ban­croft — may find it dif­fi­cult to for­give them­selves.

“There is al­ways a place for for­give­ness, and maybe, just maybe, they (the crick­eters) are go­ing to find it pretty tough for them­selves, and how they man­age (to for­give them­selves),” she said.

“They are re­mark­ably (re­morse­ful). Dev­as­tated is how they seem.”

Arch­bishop Goldswor­thy said she be­lieved some peo­ple had al­ready for­given the crick­eters, given Aus­tralian fans were renowned for their loy­alty.

“Aus­tralian fans don’t let peo­ple go. I think they say: ‘Hey, play hard, play fair and we’ll stand stand along­side you’,” she said.

“I hope they will find ways to pick up the pieces of their lives and their de­ci­sions and their choices . . . both the crick­eters and those sup­port­ing them.

“I al­ways hope peo­ple can for­give and move on.”

Re­spond­ing to claims yes­ter­day by Syd­ney Catholic Arch­bishop An­thony Fisher that Chris­tian­ity was un­der at­tack, Arch­bishop Goldswor­thy said she un­der­stood some Chris­tians felt marginalised.

Arch­bishop Fisher told St Mary’s Cathedral in Syd­ney yes­ter­day that pow­er­ful in­ter­est groups were seek­ing to marginalise be­liev­ers, cast­ing Chris­tians as “pub­lic en­emy num­ber one.”

But she said the ex­pe­ri­ence in Aus­tralia was a “mixed bag” with many Chris­tians flour­ish­ing in the cur­rent cli­mate.

Arch­bishop Goldswor­thy said she sup­ported mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and the growth in in­ter­faith di­a­logue, but she be­lieved some peo­ple felt con­cerned at the chang­ing dy­namic. Her Easter ser­mon urged Angli­cans to not run away from chal­lenges.

She called on the con­gre­ga­tion to be a voice for those who do not have one, to stand along­side those in need and in trou­ble and to not be­ing cowed by bul­lies.

Arch­bishop Goldswor­thy said it was also im­por­tant to have “stub­born hope,” and to pray, even when it seemed like all hope was lost.

Pic­ture: Michael Wil­son

Arch­bishop Kay Goldswor­thy talked cricket af­ter the Easter Ser­vice at St Ge­orge’s Cathedral.

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