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Autonomy and accountability

Churches | A bombshell report on abuse by Southern Baptist leaders spurs reflection on church structure
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 2/15/19, 04:32 pm

A report about sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches this week sparked demands for criminal investigations and more accountability—calls that echo requests that abuse victims made to denominational leaders more than 10 years ago.

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Wolves and lambs

News | Predatory scandals unfold in a church and a state
by Jamie Dean
Posted 2/14/19, 02:00 pm

As Southern Baptists headed to church on Sunday, Feb. 10, the Houston Chronicle published a major investigation into devastating patterns of sexual abuse in Southern Baptist congregations.

The findings: Since 1998, some 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced sexual misconduct allegations involving more than 700 victims. More than 200 offenders have been convicted or have taken plea deals. Nearly 100 remain in prison. Others have returned to Southern Baptist pulpits.

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Investigation uncovers sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/11/19, 09:58 am

Hundreds of Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced accusations of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years, according to a report by two Texas newspapers released Sunday. The six-month investigation by the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle found that since 1998, nearly 400 church leaders were accused of victimizing more than 700 people, including small children.

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