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Was Morris David Roberts Listed in SBC Abuse Report?

Morris David Roberts, of Wylie, Texas, and a pastor in Bexar County, was found guilty of indecency with a child by exposure in 2005, involving a 14-year-old boy. He is on the Sex Offenders Registry and died in 2016.

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Southern Baptist Convention Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report contains terrible brand-new specifics relating to certain abuse occurrences and clarify how denominational authorities actively hindered abuse prevention and reform for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have revealed a comprehensive and independent third-party examination that found that abusers were often disregarded, forgotten, or perhaps condemned by upper-level congregation authorities from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million people. Furthermore, it uncovered these leaders typically lied to their very own members to stop them from being aware of the widespread sexual misbehavior.

Read more on the Southern Baptist Convention Report

A History of Disregarded Mishandling

Almost all of these disclosed occurrences occurred outside of the statute of limitations, making it unclear how many predators were really charged. According to the report, an internal list of abusers was kept.

The report declares that an essential Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault merely 1 calendar month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 previous presidents of the SBC, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as notable SBC leaders who helped in covering up for and even encouraged believed abusers.

Accountability in the Baptist Church

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy branch, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, take a look at all the good we do.’ The sensational report demonstrates a trend of stonewalling, intimidation, coverup, and retaliation.” He anticipates this document will deliver much-needed change and hold those responsible for their sexual assault.

The document claims that a major Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault merely one month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative council as renoun SBC leaders who assisted in covering and even encouraged presumed abusers.

He hopes this report will instigate much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their actions.

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