Appeal for action.
I am not surprised that a dedicated pastor, as I believe Jim Ferry was, continues to request that his licence be restored (Fired priest Ferry asks for apology from church, November Journal). It should have been restored years ago--especially since Archbishop Terence Finlay acknowledges that he was "given bad advice."
The fact that Jim Ferry has not been permitted to continue his valuable ministry to both his parish and the Anglican church for 14 years has deprived him of a living for which he had prepared himself and devoted his life. If this had been a criminal law case and "bad advice" had been entered, an appeal court would have overturned the verdict, ordered reinstatement and due compensation for loss of earnings and injury to professional reputation.
I can only think that Jesus would have overturned the tables of the court with the same sense of shame as he did with those wretched moneylenders.
I appeal to Bishop Colin Johnson of Toronto to put to right the disgraceful treatment to which Jim Ferry was subjected and now display his compassion and love for Jim and other deprived members of his flock to enable them to better fulfill their calling.
Alan Gregson, O.N.
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|Date:||Dec 1, 2006|
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