Opinion: Why there’s more to the question of the confessional

Wellington Times

September 22, 2020

By Father Brendan Lee

I DON’T always get to see letters written about me to editors or online, and maybe that’s a good thing.

However, one particular letter to the editor earlier this month from a local politician which I did read gave me reason to pause.

He had just finished reading The Altar Boys by ABC journalist Suzanne Smith, a book on the abuse of children in the diocese of Maitland and the cover-up by the church.

In light of my recent article “More than ever we need to ask RUOK?”, this politician accused me of hypocrisy, given that I’m the same person who has said I would rather go to prison than break the seal of the confessional.

It’s true, I am a hypocrite. I ask others to take their lives and faith seriously, then find my myself more interested in sharing gags than the gospel.

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