Not so long ago, it seems that clergy sex offenders could
abuse their victims with near impunity. Clergy were
respected pillars of their community and their young
charges could hardly imagine naming them as sexual
offenders. Nor could parishioners conceive that their
priests, choir directors or youth volunteers might take
advantage of their positions in such a way.
Times have changed. Canadian churches, including
the Anglican Church, have all had to face up to the
painful reality that sexual misconduct has been, if not
rampant within the church, certainly far from unheard of.
The most recent wakeup …