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Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative

Jun. 16, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years. Stephen Bratton is accused of subjecting the relative...

Southern Baptist leader bemoans abuse crisis, vows action

Jun. 13, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Sharing a stage with tearful survivors of sex abuse, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention apologized Wednesday for the abuse crisis besetting his denomination and outlined an array of steps to address it. "We are broken-hearted and angry," said the Rev. J.D. Greear as...

Southern Baptists combat sex abuse as critics rally

Jun. 12, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Confronting an unprecedented sex-abuse crisis, delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's national meeting voted Tuesday to make it easier to expel churches that mishandle abuse cases. The Rev. J.D. Greear, president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination, said the...

US Catholic bishops convene to confront sex-abuse crisis

Jun. 11, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops convened a high-stakes meeting Tuesday under pressure to confront the child sexual abuse crisis that has disillusioned many churchgoers, with one scholar warning: "We find ourselves at a turning point, a critical moment in our history." How the bishops...

Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as Southern Baptists convene

Jun. 9, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

The Southern Baptist Convention gathers for its annual national meeting Tuesday with one sobering topic — sex abuse by clergy and staff — overshadowing all others. Inside the meeting hall in Birmingham, Alabama, delegates representing the nation's largest Protestant denomination will likely vote on...

Southern Baptists see 12th year of declining membership

May. 23, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday. The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year. Baptisms also declined by about...