A Thought about Protestant Clergy Sex Abuse

The issue of clergy sex abuse is obviously one that is on my “hot” list.  I watch news articles and blogs on the issue of clergy sex abuse constantly.  I’ve noticed something I think is interesting.  The issue of clergy sex abuse really became public in the 80’s, specifically within the Catholic Church.  Here it is nearly 30 years later and the issue is just now reaching full steam, with people becoming comfortable telling about their own abuse and the church accepting responsibility and acting accordingly.

It makes me wonder how far behind Protestant churches are on this issue.  I do not believe clergy sex abuse is more prevalent in Catholic churches than it is in Protestant churches.  Protestant churches are just still in denial about the problem.  We have barely even started to address it.  It took 30 years for the Catholic church to go from beginning to full-blown exposure and implementation of resolutions.  Are Protestant churches still 30 years away from that point?  That’s a discouraging thought.  I hope the overall societal awareness helps bring this issue to the forefront faster in Protestant churches.   The lives of individuals and the life of the church as a whole are suspended – waiting for some resolution.

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One Response

  1. How right you are! “The lives of individuals and the life of the church as a whole are suspended – waiting for some resolution.” How many lives have to be ruined before the church wakes up? How many tears does God have to hold before the scales are tipped by the weight of them against the pride, denial, and arrogance of church leaders? Resolution can’t even begin unless the truth is first uncovered. I am praying that the door of truth that has been cracked by Dee Ann Miller, Christa Brown, and now Tiffany Thigpen Croft will begin to swing open. Too many have waited long for life.

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