Australia’s ABC TV reports on the church’s response to domestic abuse & interviews Barbara Roberts
The evil of domestic abuse hiding in churches and the oppression of victims by churches is slowly coming into the light. The Australian TV program The 7.30 Report has broadcast a story about how churches are mistreating victims of domestic abuse. It would be encouraging if a national news agency in the USA would do what Julia Baird (the ABC investigative reporter) has done in Australia.
Barbara Roberts, the co-leader of A Cry For Justice, is one of the people interviewed in The 7:30 Report story. You can watch the program here [The video cannot be watched as it has expired, but the transcript is still available. Editors.] but you won’t be able to comment at that link. However, you will be able to comment on it at the 7:30 Report Facebook page.
We are continually updating this post as more items come out
Additional ABC stories surrounding and following the 7:30 report include:
‘Submit to your husbands’: Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God — Julia Baird’s article on ABC News.
Church enabling and concealing domestic violence – discussion on ABC Radio between Kylie Pidgeon, a psychologist who works with Christian survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence, and Julia Baird.
Evangelical Christians the most and least likely to abuse partners – in this video, Anglican Priest Michael Jensen discusses the story with Julia Baird.
Australian church leaders call for urgent response to domestic violence – ABC News, Julia Baird & Hayley Gleeson
The Drum [Internet Archive link] – The panel: Julia Baird ABC reporter, Anglican Ps David Ould, Anglican Archbishop Phillip Frier, Josie McSkimming psychologist, Georgina Dent ABC reporter
I was raped and controlled by my husband for decades. He was a priest – ABC News, Anonymous
How to navigate the research on domestic violence and Christian churches: A few frequently asked questions – ABC News, Julia Baird & Hayley Gleeson
Asking Christians to do better by domestic violence victims is not an attack on Christianity – by Steven Tracy, Professor, Theology and Ethics, Phoenix Seminary, Arizona. Steven Tracy’s research was quoted in the ABC 7:30 Report and in Julia Baird’s initial essay on this topic at ABC News.
Items not from the ABC which have been published in Australia since we published this post
This is not a full list of items that have been published since the ABC broke the story; it is items Barbara Roberts has found which we believe will helpfully advance the discussion.
What victims of domestic abuse really need to hear – Eternity News, Barbara Roberts, Melbourne.
Domestic Abuse and the Church – Daryl McCullough, Anglican Priest. He apologizes to victims: “As a priest in the Church of God, I am truly and deeply sorry if you or anyone you love has been the victim of abuse and found the church complicit in making that abuse worse.”
Once more on the domestic violence in church thing: answering some common objections to the ABC’s coverage – Nathan Campbell, Presbyterian pastor, Queensland.
Part 1: We all unwittingly partner in the violence – Erica Hamence, Common Grace, Sydney.
Part 2: The characteristics of spiritual abuse – Erica Hamence, Common Grace, Sydney.
An apology to victims of domestic violence in the church – Graham Hill, Baptist minister and Provost of Morling College Sydney.
Sins of the father Part 1 & Sins of the Father Part 2 – 60 Minutes, Chanel 9 television, Australia. Trigger warning for women who have suffered marital rape and other forms of domestic abuse. Joy Harris was married to a ‘c’hristian pastor (Larry Harris) who repeatedly raped and abused her. Larry is now serving time in jail for raping Joy. Joy bravely tells her story. Kevin Harris, one of Joy’s adult sons, is also a pastor and he is siding with his father the rapist. Top marks to the superb interviewer from 60 Minutes who holds the feet of Kevin Harris to the fire. And top marks to the police who dealt with Larry Harris. This program shows how much better the police are at addressing domestic violence than many so-called Christians are.
Women are secondary citizens in the Independent Baptist movement – 60 Minutes Extra speaks to Mel Thornton
How the domestic violence research can help the church: Lets get beyond the culture war – John Sandeman, Editor in Chief, Eternity News.
Christianity and the Credibility of Women’s Testimony – Geoff Broughton, Anglican minister in the Sydney Diocese; research scholar for the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre; lecturer in Practical Theology at St Mark’s National Theological Centre.
Does Christianity cause domestic violence? – Akos Balogh
Light, Darkness & Domestic Violence – Bronwen Speedie
Sermon on Domestic Violence – Liam Miller, Uniting Church Chaplain at Macquarie University
Domestic violence in the name of God [Internet Archive link] – Rt Rev Dr Matt Brain, Assistant Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn
Pastoral Issues and Responses to Domestic Violence within the Church – Tim Harris, Assistant Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide. Tim quotes many things from this blog A Cry For Justice.
Is it anti-Christian to admit the church sometimes fails abuse victims? Is it anti-Christian to admit that abusers often misuse the Bible? – Steven R. Tracy, PhD, co-founder of Mending The Soul
Archbishop Geoff’s Response to ABC Report on Domestic Violence [This link is broken and there is no replacement. Editors.] – Geoffrey Smith
Anglican Archbishop, Adelaide Diocese
Things I Wish You Understood: An Open Letter to Ministers From a Family Violence Survivor – written an anonymous woman. Published by The Gospel Coalition Australia
Pastoral Statement on Domestic Violence [This link is broken. The most likely replacement link can be found here. Editors.] – David Burke, Moderator of the General Assembly of New South Wales, Presbyterian Church of Australia, July 2017.
Domestic and Family Violence – A Statement from the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in New South Wales July 2015. A quote from this statement: “When a minister, elder or church leader is aware of domestic and family violence within a church family they should follow the guidelines in Section 11 & 12 of Breaking the Silence. The Conduct Protocol Unit is able to be contacted for advice and support.”
When I (Barbara Roberts) tried to find Section 11 & 12 of Breaking the Silence, it was very difficult. I eventually found this [This link is broken and there is no replacement. Editors.] and from there downloaded this PDF — but there is no Section 11 or 12 in that PDF! The PDF says “Each pastoral charge has a copy of the document or you can obtain one from the Conduct Protocol Unit.” So it appears that the Breaking The Silence document which includes Section 11 & 12 is not online. In my view, that is not helpful for victims of abuse and their advocates who might not trust their local church or the Conduct Protocol Unit. And in my experience of dealing with Presbyterian churches, this is TYPICAL of the rabbit warren that Presbyterians send victims down. Why don’t they make it easier for victims and their advocates?
Faith, family, violence and the ABC’s smears – Mark Powell, Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Strathfield, NSW, Australia. NOTE: I have asked Mark Powell to please not use the “Red Pill, Blue Pill” metaphor because it is used in evil ways on the Manosphere — the many sites on internet where abusive men urge each other on in their hyper-misogynist ideologies.
Chinese whispers at the ABC – Dr Mark Durie, Anglican pastor, academic, human rights activist, a Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and Adjunct Research Fellow of the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology.
Items of note published in Australia before the ABC broke the story in July 2017
Reflecting on complementarianism and domestic violence – Erica Hamence, Common Grace
A MUST WATCH SERMON which Anglican pastor Mike Paget gave in 2016:
The Church and Family and Domestic Violence – St Barnabas Anglican Church, Sydney, Oct 30, 2016
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