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Despite several recent reports of sexual abuse by clergy, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention says he does not believe it is a “large and systemic” problem in the nation’s second-largest faith group. The media that once blamed the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church for enabling the hiding of sexual predators are now […] Read More

A former volunteer track coach and Southern Baptist minister was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in East Tennessee on charges he raped a 14-year-old girl, but the hearing was rescheduled after his lawyer asked for more time. According to news reports, Timothy Neal Byars, 44, resigned as minister of youth, education and music at Springhill […] Read More

A self-help group for victims of clergy sex abuse on Friday accused leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention of mischaracterizing their apology for saying they had not received a response letter later found to have been misplaced by the recipient to cover up for their “do-nothing” attitude. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests […] Read More

Former Southern Baptist Convention President Jerry Vines defended the denomination’s current leaders against charges they are being soft on sexual abuse by clergy. Despite “genuine concern” by SBC leaders, the former pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., told Agape Press, there is little the 16 million-member convention can do to police autonomous local […] Read More

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Chicago office received two letters from a Southern Baptist Convention official in September but didn’t forward them to the intended recipients, the group said Thursday. That was after a SNAP representative told media–including–numerous times over nearly five months that SBC leaders had not responded to […] Read More

A lengthy discussion Tuesday about clergy sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention was long on criticism of tactics used by a victims’ advocacy group to draw attention to their cause and short on specifics about how the nation’s largest Protestant faith group might address the problem in the future. A work group of the […] Read More

Members of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee were scheduled to discuss the denomination’s response to sexual abuse by clergy in a work group session this morning. A proposed agenda item for a 9:30 a.m. meeting of the bylaws work group is “Discussion of Requests Made by Survivors Network of Persons Abused by Priests (SNAP).” […] Read More

A national support group formed amid the Catholic Church’s cover-up of abusive priests planned today to canvass members of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee seeking action to protect children against sexual predators posing as Baptist ministers. “No one wants to see a repeat of the Catholic sex-abuse and cover-up scandal, but unless Southern Baptists […] Read More

We attended a typical church. Wednesday night prayer meeting was almost always the people you knew, and rarely were there visitors. But, after church for choir practice, the 40 choir members were all known by name and were supposed to abide by certain standards in order to be in the choir. My beautiful 5-year-old child, […] Read More

If a church building had a serious structural problem, leaders would likely call in a foundation expert to inspect the property and advise on appropriate action. But when a Baptist church has a serious problem with its spiritual foundation–when it confronts an allegation of clergy child molestation–leaders circle the wagons and insist they can handle […] Read More