"If you know that you have a special attraction to children and in the Church ... , get out and go fix yourself and come back completely converted," child advocate Betty-Ann Blaine has advised paedophiles who, she charged, are attending church mainly to sexually molest children.
Blaine's warning came during her presentation at the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists training seminar titled Establishment of the Child Protection Policy.
"If you are outside, do not come in until you fix yourself. Do not give the Church or Jesus bad name. We have a banner at our churches: zero tolerance for child abuser. One single incident of abuse can affect or tarnish the entire religious community," Blaine said during her address to more than 50 persons comprising pastors, teachers, guidance counsellors, and administrators of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston on Tuesday.
"I am not prepared to tell any parent that their child will not be safe in church or any child that they are not safe in church. I am just explaining that children have a natural capacity for God, so we must embrace, harness, promote, and protect so they can achieve their full God-given potential."