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Was Nathan John Gorzelanczyk Named in Southern Baptist Investigation on Abuse?

Nathan John Gorzelanczyk worked as a youth counselor, as a church volunteer at several local churches and with the Guardian ad Litem Program, and as a caregiver at the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. He was found guilty of four counts of lewd or lascivious molestation with a child or children under the age of 16, as well as possession of a photograph depicting a child’s sexual performance. Gorzelanczyk is a sex offender who is currently incarcerated in Florida.

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Southern Baptist Convention List Of Abusers

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document contains terrible new details relating to specific abuse instances and clarify how denominational authorities actively resisted abuse prevention and reform for years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed a comprehensive and independent 3rd party investigation that uncovered that abusers were typically overlooked, forgotten, and even admonished by high-level church administrators from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million people. Additionally, it revealed these leaders typically lied to their own members to prevent them from being aware of the widespread sexual assaults.

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A Past of Overlooked Abuse

The report states that a crucial Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault merely 1 calendar month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as renowned SBC leaders who assisted in covering for and even encouraged believed abusers.

One victim detailed being treated with hostility as she claimed she was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor. The accused pastor served in several Southern Baptist churches in numerous states. During a meeting with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Exec Council “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Accountability in the Southern Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The sensational report shows a trend of stonewalling, retaliation, intimidation, and coverup.”

The document states that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse only 1 month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative branch as renoun SBC leaders who aided in covering and also motivated presumed abusers.

He wishes this report will be the catalyst for much-needed change and hold those accountable for their horrific acts of abuse.

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