Saturday, September 10, 2016

Not In Camera

In a court-house this week, an officer asked me whether we could discuss a matter in camera. That is, in private. In that case, he said, we would never speak of it again. I said no. In fact, that closed our meeting -- albeit courteously. From experience, I would advise anyone in ministry never to commit to silence. You cannot understand all the reasons why someone put such a proposal to you, you cannot foresee all that it might mean in the future, and in a worst case it could mean that you live in secrecy and fear. OBSERVATION: A few years ago, I entered such an agreement, which thankfully was judged to be invalid. Confidentiality in counselling is different.

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