Cardinal John Dew, Apostolic Administrator of the Palmerston North Diocese, has written a letter in support of the ‘Loud Fence’ movement.
The movement first appeared several years ago in Ballarat, Australia, where the community was invited to tie brightly-coloured ribbons onto a fence outside a former Catholic boys’ school, to show solidarity and support for the victims of child abuse.
Since then, the movement has spread around the world.
In his letter, Cardinal John outlines his support for people who wish to tie ribbons to church or school fences, stating that “it is part of a valid and important way to work through the healing process.”
“Sometimes people have not been aware of the significance of the ‘Loud Fences’ and have removed the ribbons … (This) can be viewed as deeply disrespectful to survivors/victims and can be retraumatising.”