I cannot do due diligence for everyone. That is your responsibility.
I cannot know everything about the state of Ralph Rutledge to state any conclusion with full and complete confidence.
As I survey the quest, the enquiry into the reports, allegations and information provided by individuals I can make general statements based on the present state of the information:
- The information that has come to me by phone, interview and reading material has not lead to doubt about the allegations, the problems and various issues that initially disbarred Rutledge from ministry in the POAC (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada).
- Stated alternately the information tends to accumulate and confirm the concerns that resulted in the initial decision by the PAOC.
- The concerns that resulted in the PAOC decisions were serious. That can be affirmed in spite of Rutledge's attempts to deny, downplay and minimize the seriousness of his behaviour. I am familiar with reports from that time and since that time that prevent me from giving these pleas and denials credibility.
- Rutledge, to the best of my information did pursue attempts at therapy since the incidents.
- His behaviour since that time seems to have continued to be unprofessional in several ways especially if we take the reports, minutes, letters and a book written about his attitude and behaviour at a church he pastored after the incidents. Those reports strongly suggest that the initial problems did not change significantly since the action taken by the PAOC.
- To the best of my knowledge, Rutledge was not willing to undertake the full requirements of restoration which would include cease and desist predatory sexual behaviours, cooperation with an accountability mechanism.