ANONYMOUS COMMENT TO BLOG
Anonymous 26th January 2016 9.09 am
"I am going to say something that I think will not be popular! And will, no doubt, bring down much anger.
There is a huge amount of inflation and hype going on with this Paul Symond's business.
It seems to me that whatever he did was at the very "vanilla" end of what can be described as abuse.
It may ore accurately described as "inappropriate behaviour". I think.
I feel sure that if there had been anything truly sinister in what he is supposed to have done, then police action would have taken place.
He may have been a bit "fresh" with people. he may have been "inappropriate" for his position as a teacher and a priest, but there is evidently nothing truly criminal that has taken place.
I don't doubt that some of his actions have caused some distress to those students he is supposed to have engaged with, although I think there will have been a number of issues going on with these people which will have caused them upset in later years other than what Paul Symonds is supposed to have done.
So my view is that, that he may not be suitable for public priestly ministry, we are not at liberty to demonise him and convict him in the court of public opinion of something that the criminal and police authorities do not see as actionable.
The Church authorities are entitled to decide who ministers under their banner, and have made the decision that Paul Symonds will not continue to minister in public.
There is nothing that he has done that warrants his removal from the priestly state, otherwise I am sure that they would have done that.
So, lets let Paul Symonds get on with his new life and stop double guessing what he has or has not done
It evidently was not something so terrible that it was criminal.
It may have ben inadvisable, inappropriate or whatever else you might want to call it.
Just because a "victim" decides that they have been wronged grieviously does not mean that they have been so.
The age and culture of victimhood that we now live in appears to entitle anybody to say that they have been wronged and harmed, and that is taken as gospel truth and nobody is allowed to gainsay it. Thats not truth or justice or right.