The New Scapegoats


The clergy victims of the Anglican Church sexual abuse crisis

By: Muriel Porter
Star Publishing
Dimensions:148mm x 210mm

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In common with other Australian churches, the Anglican Church of Australia has been rightly shamed for its negligent response to sexual abuse perpetrated within its ranks. It has apologised profusely, and committed itself to preventing future abuse. In the process, however, it has adopted draconian new measures to regulate its clergy, in part to rebuild its shattered reputation by appearing tough on every aspect of their lives. Many Anglican clergy, innocent of any abusive behaviour, now nevertheless feel anxious and intimidated. This study, by a prominent laywoman, lifts the veil on this hidden outcome, and pleads for a more caring, considered approach.

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Dimensions 210 × 148 mm



Muriel Porter


Morning Star Publishing


148mm x 210mm



About the author

Dr Muriel Porter OAM, a Melbourne journalist, author and historian, is an Anglican laywoman. A member of the Anglican Church of Australia’s General Synod for the past thirty years, she has written extensively about issues facing the contemporary church. She is an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Divinity.