Speaking of abuse: Baptist news service, Bible scholars grapple with language
(RNS) — Some Christians are reassessing how to describe sexual misconduct, with an eye to owning up to the seriousness of abuse.
Southern Baptists ready to put spotlight on sex abuse crisis
(AP) — Entangled in a multifaceted sex abuse crisis, the country’s largest Protestant denomination is preparing to host a conference on a topic that has kindled skepticism even among some of the scheduled speakers.
As religious freedom summit ends, State Department announces new alliance, sanctions
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Many of the survivors of religious violence who spoke at the summit reminded attendees of those who remain persecuted for their faith across the world.
Southern Baptists face sex abuse crisis with litany of lament
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — Following along on large screens around the Legacy Arena, women, men, pastors, lay people and survivors took turns reading words drawn from the biblical books of Psalms and Lamentations.
Women sex abuse survivors tell Southern Baptists: ‘Our family is sick’
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — One woman, who said she was abused by her youth pastor and then her senior pastor, said the intervention of a trusted adult is crucial for survivors.
Southern Baptist report condemns ‘epidemic’ of abuse, looks at ways to assist victims
(RNS) — The ‘Caring Well’ report also summarizes a range of next steps to address the issue for years to come, including educating congregations about abuse, preparing them to help survivors and fostering abuse prevention.
Southern Baptist leaders vow to improve addressing sex abuse after papers’ report
(RNS) — ‘I am committed to doing everything possible to ensure we never make these mistakes again,’ Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said in response to an investigation by Texan newspapers.
Caught in the spotlight: Christian leaders who mishandle sexual abuse disclosures
The dark strategies of some leaders when confronted with the mishandling of abuse disclosures.
‘God weeps,’ says Pope Francis, calling for accountability on sex abuse crimes
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) “For those who were abused by a member of the clergy, I am deeply sorry for the times when you or your family spoke out, to report the abuse, but you were not heard or believed,” the pope said.