March 23, 2015

I have prayed for some time about this topic and yet every Sunday when I am in church, I feel compelled to write this letter. My concern is the Call to Protect program.

I find it wrong on so many levels that we are compelled to take this course rather than making it optional. I have always believed that our Church welcomes sinners, that in fact we are all sinners.

Yet if I do not take this course – and I haven't – I am not allowed to read or be a greeter or a eucharistic minister, all roles I have played in the past.

I can understand why the Church would want a police check on anyone working with children to protect the children. But to me anyone who wishes to be part of the Church, no matter what they have done in the past, should be allowed to do so.

I do not have a criminal record, but that is not the point. I believe everyone should be allowed to be part of the Church and the Call to Protect course should be optional.

I hope the Church will seriously reconsider its present position.

Jeanette Fleming

Letter to the Editor – 04/06/15