The most recent major manifestation of the widespread Catholic sex abuse scandal occurred in the diocese of Pennsylvania. Investigators discovered that, over decades, numerous priests abused especially young men and that the presiding bishops covered up the accusations against them. Other examples of mass sexual abuse committed by Catholic clergy, again hushed by the hierarchy, have been reported in various countries around the world.
Surrounded by revelations of MeToo and ChurchToo, younger Christians are more keen to recognize sexual abuse—and less likely to put up with it. According to a new study sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources, 10 percent of Protestant churchgoers under 35 have previously left a church because they felt sexual misconduct was not taken seriously. Among the younger demographic, 9 percent said they have stopped attending a former congregation because they personally did not feel safe from misconduct.
In an almost 6,word article published in Germany, Benedict argued that clerical sexual abuse could be traced to the moral transformation that transpired during the sexual revolution of the s. The public comments represent a rare move for the former pontiff, who, inbecame the first pope in nearly years to resign. At the time, Benedict pledged to live out his remaining years in quiet contemplation.
The sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church is still having ripple effects around the world, but only recently have revelations about abuses within Protestant churches come to light. Earlier this year, a joint investigation by the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News uncovered a disturbing number of Southern Baptist leaders who had engaged in sexual misconduct, and the more than victims they left behind. But long before that news broke, a circle of bloggers discovered a pattern of systemic abuse in several churches all over the country.
The New York Times reported:. The San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle reported Sunday that their six-month investigation found about Southern Baptist church leaders and workers who were accused of sexual misconduct sinceleaving more than victims. Some were as young as 3 years old while others were adults when they were abused ….
New research from LifeWay reveals that Protestant churchgoers have mixed feelings about their church's ability to handle sexual misconduct when it happens within their congregations. The research consisted of online questionnaires of 1, Americans starting in late February and concluding April 8. Respondents were screened to include adults whose religious preference is some kind of Protestant denomination — Southern Baptists were heavily sampled — and who attend services at least once per month.
Opinions expressed are solely those of the author s. In an almost 6,word article published in Germany, Benedict argued that clerical sexual abuse could be traced to the moral transformation that transpired during the sexual revolution of the s. The public comments represent a rare move for the former pontiff, who, inbecame the first pope in nearly years to resign.
Last week, an investigation of the Southern Baptist Convention by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News reported more than cases of sexual abuse perpetrated by nearly church leaders going back to After being accused, many perpetrators found new congregations where they could repeat their offenses against new victims. The news comes 17 years after The Boston Globe broke the story on widespread sexual abuse in Roman Catholic churches.
A handful of brave female bloggers who expose child sex crimes in churches have just been profiled by the Washington Post. We are humbled by and grateful for the extraordinary compassion and courage of these women and hope their work to protect the vulnerable encourages others to follow in their footsteps. We also hope that other mainstream journalists will see how impressive and credible these prophets are. Jules Woodson, Dee Parsons, Christa Brown, Amy Smith, Ashley Easter and others are to be commended for listening to and believing survivors, while also helping to bring to light the church officials who commit and conceal horrific crimes against innocent kids and vulnerable adults.