It was Ted who understood the true interpretation of the gospels and was instrumental in the emergence of a faith community based on this "liberation theology". The conduct of these poor priestly souls would be considered "criminal" had it been manifest in any institution other than the church.
Their conduct has insulted the integrity and faith of every member of St Vincent’s community. Further it has been injurious to the health of many members of the community. Despite all of this the community has exercised inexplicable tolerance. I have never understood the incredible patience of Aboriginal people. I am deeply moved by the faith, commitment and courage of Pruney. Her gesture is extremely symbolic. A hose is a very powerful way of physically restraining others. It also washes away stains. It is time for us to also hose them out.
I suggest that all of us pick up pen and paper and write our own account of what has happened and continues to happen at Redfern and our perception of the impact that it has had upon the community and upon us personally. These articles when edited and compiled for publication should be a considerable tome.
Once published the truth is there for all to see. It will shock "Pontius Pilate" and hopefully provide support for other communities that are being disempowered and abused in a similar way.