SNAP Among the Baptists

This colum was published on UPI’s Religion and Spirituality Forum on February 26, 2007.
Last Monday, the Survivor’s Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, a Chicago-based organization that has been working to hold the Roman Catholic church to some kind of account for its mishandling—and often cover up—of sexual abuse by priests, delivered a letter to the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, asking the leaders of America’s largest Protestant body to take responsibility for sexual abuse committed by Southern Baptist pastors.

It turns out that the Southern Baptists, like the Roman Catholics, have a bad habit of covering up for abusive clergy, often sending pastoral perpetrators of abuse to new congregations rather than to jail where they belong. Continue reading