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Pence gives campaign-style speech to Southern Baptists

Jun. 13, 2018 4:58 PM EDT

Vice President Mike Pence gave an often boastful campaign-style speech Wednesday to the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, winning several standing ovations even as some evangelicals criticized his appearance. Pence repeatedly made clear that the SBC — the largest...

#MeToo cases in the spotlight as Southern Baptists convene

Jun. 12, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention opened its annual national meeting Tuesday in an anxious mood as the denomination's all-male leadership grappled with the fallout of multiple sexual misconduct cases. With virtually no opposition, delegates at the meeting adopted resolutions condemning any...

#MeToo crisis jolts Southern Baptists ahead of key gathering

Jun. 9, 2018 10:34 AM EDT

The Southern Baptists are facing their own #MeToo crisis as the biggest Protestant denomination in the U.S. heads into its annual meeting next week. A series of sexual misconduct cases has prompted the Southern Baptist Convention's socially conservative, all-male leadership to seek forgiveness for the ill...

Fired leader won't speak at Southern Baptist Convention

Jun. 8, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A former seminary president dismissed over his response to two rape allegations made by students says he won't give the featured sermon at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting next week in Dallas. The convention's news service, Baptist Press, says Paige Patterson withdrew Friday....

Officials: Ex-Baptist leader mishandled separate rape claims

Jun. 2, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The president of a leading Baptist seminary in Texas was dismissed because of his response to two rape allegations made years apart by students, according to officials at the Fort Worth-based school. Kevin Ueckert, board chairman for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in a...

Texas seminary terminates prominent Baptist leader

May. 31, 2018 1:53 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former head of the Southern Baptist Convention has been terminated from a Texas seminary over his handling of a sexual abuse case at another institution. The Star-Telegram reports that the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary released a statement Wednesday saying that Paige...

Correction: Vatican-Priest Shortage story

May. 25, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story May 21 about the shortage of Catholic priests, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the number of Catholics rose from 1.27 million to 1.29 million between 2014 and 2015. The number of Catholics rose in that period from 1.27 billion to 1.29 billion, according to...

Correction: Priest Shortage story

May. 24, 2018 10:10 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — In a story May 23 about applicants to a Roman Catholic seminary in Rhode Island, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the number of applicants that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence had received. Carolyn Cronin, a spokeswoman for the diocese, says four men are going...

Prominent Baptist leader removed as head of Texas seminary

May. 23, 2018 9:26 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former head of the Southern Baptist Convention was removed Wednesday as president of a Texas seminary following allegations of "unbiblical teaching" through sexist and demeaning comments to women who he suggests should tolerate abuse. The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary...

Argentine priest sentenced to 25 years for child molestation

May. 21, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine court has sentenced a Catholic priest to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing seven seminary students who were 10 to 14 years old at the time. Judge Alicia Vivian on Monday announced the decision by a panel of judges. It can be appealed. Justo Jose Ilarraz...