- Aug 10, 2020
Entangled in a multifaceted sex-abuse crisis, the Southern Baptist Convention is preparing to host a high-profile conference on the topic that has kindled skepticism even among some of the scheduled speakers.
As the U.S. Catholic bishops met in Baltimore to discuss new mechanisms to hold themselves accountable on sex abuse, the Southern Baptist Convention was wrestling with the same vexing issue at its annual meeting June 11-12 in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Southern Baptist Convention opened a national meeting Tuesday that was expected to be dominated by discussion of a large-scale sex-abuse crisis.
As the Catholic Church struggles with a new wave of clergy abuse cases, several prominent evangelical institutions have been rocked in recent weeks by their own sexual misconduct allegations against pastors and church leaders who exploited the trust they had gained from faithful churchgoers.
David Mills recently suggested that converts to Catholicism should “stop talking so much.” Does he really mean that to apply to figures such as Augustine, Newman, Whittaker Chambers, Malcolm Muggeridge, Walker Percy and Elizabeth Fox-Genvese? The bottom line is that Catholic wisdom doesn’t correlate with the date on one’s baptismal certificate.
After influencing Southern Baptists to speak out on race-related matters two years in a row, Rev. Dwight McKissic said work on the issue is far from over. He welcomes the selection of Florida pastor H.B. Charles as the first black president of the SBC’s Pastors’ Conference earlier this week, and the continuing election of people of color to other one-year terms of leadership.