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Clergy Abuse

As crowds gather this week for a Southern Baptist conference addressing sexual abuse in its churches, have leaders learned any lessons? They didn’t almost 25 years ago when they sought to cover up the crisis. Why would they today? […] Read More

Patriarchalism is a common thread running through church sexual abuse cases. Any theological conviction and practice that harbors abusers and vilifies victims should be truthfully regarded for what it is: theological malpractice. […] Read More

More than three-fourths of U.S. adults say recent reports of clergy abuse reflect a continuing problem, a report says. And two-thirds say they’ve never heard clergy speak out about sexual harassment, assault or abuse. […] Read More

Even while they believe their own churches would respond appropriately to allegations of sexual abuse by clergy, U.S. Protestants had mixed views about the extent of sexual abuse by clergy in local congregations. […] Read More

As the Notre Dame Cathedral was consumed by fire, it was a physical manifestation of what many survivors of church and clergy abuse have experienced, watching in isolation as their sacred spaces go up in smoke. […] Read More

Baptist leaders claim they have no authority over autonomous churches to police clergy who sexually abuse children. When they hide behind the false wall of local church autonomy, they protect the predators. […] Read More

Each day brings another account of sexual assault. This Lent, may we be burdened with the work we have left undone – the work that allows space for sexual abuse to thrive in our churches, in our businesses and in our culture. […] Read More

When addressing sexual assault in Southern Baptist churches, victims don’t have a safe place to speak; leaders abuse their power and remain unaccountable. Perhaps Anabaptists can teach us the right way to respond. […] Read More

Sisterhood Rocks

One woman, Brandy, started me on my journey to safety and peace after years of sexual abuse. A small cadre of friends stood with me in the halls of justice bearing witness to me as a good woman. It’s the power of sisterhood. […] Read More

Many strongly worded statements have been issued since the reporting of hundreds of victims of sexual abuse within Southern Baptist churches. But it’s time we listen to the victims, mostly women, and allow them to find their voice. […] Read More