JUDGING by the numerous letters to the editor on the subject of the proposed sale of Anglican churches and cemeteries, it would be fair to say there are many in the Tasmanian community who share the same sentiments as W and M Robinson (Letters, The Sunday Examiner, July 8).
In their correspondence regarding this matter they quite rightly stated the synod has not fully taken into account the feelings and emotions of the parishioners who established, maintained and built up the parishes that will be decimated by their proposed property fire sales. In other words, demonstrated compassion.
Throughout the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, one facet identified that impacted on abuse victims was the lack of compassion shown by religious organisations when alleged abuse was reported.
Sadly it would seem, in this instance, the Anglican synod has learnt little about the impact of not showing compassion to individuals.
Anthony Camino, Youngtown.
I WAS sad to learn (Letters, July 4) that the church of Saint Martin and cemetery at Sandford had been sold for a mere $60,000.
At a critical time in my life in 1976 I was confirmed in my faith there by Bishop Henry Jerrim, a real bishop.
Lord Bishop of Tasmania, remember the lines of the hymn: "These stones that have echoed His praises are holy and dear is the ground where their feet have once trod".
These churches are not yours to sell, they belong to God and Tasmania.
Cash in the share portfolio and sell the commercial properties, to solve the church's problems.
Malcolm Scott, Newstead.
Many readers would be aware of the current crisis in the Anglican Church in Tasmania stemming from the church hierarchy’s plan to sell off many if not most of the historic churches and grave yards in the diocese.
My wife and I belong to the Quamby Parish, which takes in most of the Meander Valley and is comprised of the historic churches at Carrick, Hagley and Westbury.
Not one of the congregation in our parish support this sell off.
It is unthinkable that these sacred sites, the places which have seen countless baptisms, weddings and funerals (not to mention regular worship and other services) for generations should be disposed of in some sort of cash-grab by elements from outside the Tasmanian Diocese.
We love these ancient, sacred buildings and their historic graveyards.
We feel that no one should be able to sell off a legacy of 200 years for the short term gain of the current generation.
We are told that these sales are to fund a redress scheme for victims of child abuse in our church.
I understand that only a minority of funds raised through the sell off would go to this cause, and I hold grave doubts whether the balance of the money would be of any use to a parish without churches.
I ask all readers to do whatever they can to save our churches for ensuing generations of Tasmanians.
Andrew Puccetti, Carrick.
Religion in Politics
WELL written, David Broughton (The Examiner, July 5). Non-religious politicians would be advantageous to the smooth running of governments.
Imagine what it would be like if our elected officials were astrologers, psychics or crystal-gazers. Would we want their decision-making to be influenced by their practices?
Val Clarke, Kings Meadows.
DON Davey, (Letters, The Examiner, July 1) you are not alone, I agree with you 100 per cent, it's about time large organisations, which pretend to offer a ' service ' make paying for that service easy.
Instead of annoying robotic voices, and user unfriendly, uncooperative choices Aurora Energy, and Northern Midlands Council, just to mention a couple of Tasmanian organisations, have got customer service down to a fine art.
They are always a friendly helpful human voice on the phone, so I hope they never go the way of their national counterparts.
John Allwood, Evandale.
I CAN’T say I was ever a fan of Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (The Examiner, July 13) but I do applaud her courage in speaking out.
What a wonderful example for other women to follow.
Enid Denman, Beauty Point.
WE don't live in the electorate of Braddon but unfortunately are still subject to a bombardment of political adverts on TV, mostly from the Labor Party.
The amount of money they must be spending is frightening and one wonders just who is financing the avalanche.
It wouldn't be so bad if one hadn't seen the adverts for the seat of Longman on Sky News.
Lo and behold, except for the name of the opposition candidate it's exactly the same as the Braddon one.
Strange that both electorates are losing exactly the same amount of money in all the same areas according to Labor.
Having voted all over the shop recently due to the fact that no party floats my boat it would be good to know which facts are correct.
It's rather like Trump trumpeting fake news except for that broadcast on Fox.
Truth is sadly lacking in politics.
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.
COULD the people opposed to traffic lights at the Mowbray link explain please how they calculated that getting their own way is worth the deaths that had occurred on this particular intersection?
The best defence I have heard to allow drivers to go as fast as they want on the road, some going in excess of 180kms, is that it will cause a hold up in traffic.
Sure it will, that is part of the point, to slow drivers down, and if it saves lives isn't that worth it?
Davis Seecamp, Trevallyn.