What is it with clergy and sexual abuse?

Another dodgy ratbag minister is in trouble, and as is usual also in denial at just how inappropriate and possibly illegal his activities have been.

A senior pastor who founded the Korean Presbyterian Church of Auckland will be struck off the ministerial roll after an internal church investigation found him guilty of sexual misconduct and abuse.

Reverend David Ock-Youn Jang has been found guilty by the Auckland Presbytery Complaints Hearing Committee for “gross impropriety on three representative charges which relate to sexual misconduct, and physical, verbal and emotional abuse against a single complainant”.

He denies any wrongdoing and says he has the backing of his congregation to stay.

The complainant is a woman who is linked to the Presbyterian church, the third largest Christian denomination in New Zealand.

Some details of the complaint and judgment cannot be reported for legal reasons.

In a statement, the church said Mr Jang would be formally deposed this Sunday and “will no longer be able to refer to himself as a Presbyterian minister”. 

At least the Presbyterian Church isn’t going all catholic on him and hushing it up and moving him on quietly. In fact quite the opposite, they are informing the congregation instead of whitewashing everything.

“The congregation will be notified of Rev Jang being deposed … [they have] been aware of the situation concerning Rev Jang since September 2006.”

After the release of the committee’s findings, Northern Presbytery clerk Alex Robinson said: “This man has fallen well short of the standards expected of a minister in the Presbyterian Church and we’re shocked and saddened by what has happened.

“We are working within the boundaries of the law to expedite Jang’s removal from his ministerial office, and are also taking steps to ensure that he will not be able to practise as a minister in any other countries or for any other denominations.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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