Sexual abuse is disgusting REGARDLESS of denomination, Regina.
At least whenever Baptist Pastors are found guilty of it, they are punished, defrocked, fined,and in many cases, excommunicated from the Church. We don't simply turn a deaf ear and blind eye, then 're-assign' the abuser to a new parish, telling NO ONE WHY, and then give him a chance to go the crimes all over again. WE DEAL WITH IT.
But do NOT dare try to tell me that Baptist Pastors are 'more guilty' of it. romanism is BY FAR the worst.
Blind Baptist Leaders
How can parents believe their kids are safe when over 18 Southern Baptist leaders can know about a substantiated report involving a ministerís sexual abuse of a kid ... and the man is still able to remain in ministry?
Hush-it-up and Cover-it-up:
Reports Show Baptist Pattern
Pastor Steve Gaines knew at Bellevue and kept quiet.
Minister Tom Messer knew at Trinity and kept quiet.
Pastor Larry Reynolds paid "hush money" in child molestation case with BGCT as a party.
Minister James Crittenden urged newspaper not to run Southmont story.
Senior Pastor Mike Roy "allowed Davies to continue working around the church's children" despite the allegations against him - and 2 more boys were molested.
Minister James A. Moore knew for decades at FBC-Farmers Branch and kept quiet, and then made the same mistake a second time.
Pastor Sam Underwood's church threatened suit against child molestation victim who made report.
Baptist General Convention of Texas keeps secret file of ministers reported for child molestation.
Baptist General Convention of Texas ignored victim's attempt to report pastor at Bolivar Baptist.
Long-time BGCT attorney sought secrecy contract from still another child molestation victim.
Journalist lost job at Illinois Baptist newspaper for covering story of minister who pled guilty to sexual assaults on teens.
Deacon leaders at First Baptist Church of Atlanta were twice informed about their prior children's minister who sexually abused a kid in Dallas, and about the written apology of the Dallas church. Yet, when SNAP members attempted to pass out flyers informing church members, they were run off the property.
Charles Wade, BGCT executive director, remained quiet after receiving a substantiated report about Baptist clergy child molester.
18 Blind Baptist Leaders in four states, including former SBC president Bobby Welch, received a substantiated report about a minister's sexual abuse of a kid - and kept quiet.
Southern Baptist Convention headquarters wrote that it had no record a reported minister was still in ministry....and yet the man stood in the pulpit of a Florida megachurch talking about his childen's ministry
Numerous Illinois church and denominational leaders kept quiet about a convicted sex offender in the pulpit at First Baptist of Romeoville. http://stopbaptistpredators.org/hushitup.html
Studies are showing that the incidence of abuse and cover up in protestant ecclesial groups is greater than, or at the very least equal to that of other groups. The Baptists won't even keep a database...but at least they have this web site and some are trying to do what they can. Other protestant groups (pentecostals, sda, etc.) won't even admit they have a problem at all and when it does occur, they hush it up and move the preacher to another area.
Yes, it is a horrible problem no matter where it happens. The only reason why I brought it up is to counter the misconception that it occurs only in the Catholic Church and in greater numbers. It's also been said by one of you that when it does "occasionally" occur in a protestant community, it's never covered up. Of course, this is untrue as can be seen by the few articles I've posted today.