Statement by Houston SNAP leader Amy Smith re the SBC Annual Meeting in Texas

We are here today to protect kids. For far too long, SBC church officials have remained silent on what we believe to be a systemic problem of inappropriate and dangerous responses within Southern Baptist churches when Baptist clergy are credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

Church staff and members often immediately and even publicly rally around an accused child molester instead of keeping an open mind and urging anyone with information to come forward. Then, victims, witnesses and whistleblowers are intimidated or frightened and stay silent, many times, for decades. As a result, all too often, those who commit and conceal child sex crimes walk free, remain hidden and hurt others.

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Pope admits “gay lobby” in Vatican

Sexual orientation isn’t the real problem. Sexually active and thus compromised clerics are the real problem.

Allegedly celibate men (gay or straight) can, and often do, take advantage of their status and power. They often sexually exploit innocent children and vulnerable adults. And when they do, they become unable or unwilling to “blow the whistle” on others who commit or conceal misconduct, whether sexual or financial. The corruption then spreads unchecked.

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MN- Winona Diocese priest arrested for allegedly molesting girl

A Winona Diocese priest has been arrested for allegedly molesting a girl.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/06/10/blue-earth-catholic-priest-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-girl/

We applaud this very brave girl and her grandmother. The child was smart and strong enough to promptly report and the grandmother was smart and strong enough to call police. All too often, even now, Catholics who see, suspect or suffer clergy sex crimes call church officials, instead of secular officials.

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IL- Accused child molester to retire

Accused child molester to retire

Clergy sex abuse victims protested him last month

Former priest now works for Advocate Health Care

For 2nd time, he is allowed to quietly resign without any consequences

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VA- Victims: “No response from church officials yet”

Victims: “No response from church officials yet

Thousands of Baptists will meet this week in Houston

Group has asked to speak to convention about abuse

Abuse survivors deplore “rallying around” alleged predators

It wants Baptist church officials to train their staff and flocks

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TN- Abuse victims blast Nashville-based Baptist group

Victims ask to speak at SBC convention

Group deplores “rallying around” alleged predators

It wants Baptist church officials to train their staff and flocks

SNAP: “There’s a right way & a wrong way to act when ministers are accused

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NY- Victims slam judge & Hasidic 'thug' brothers

These thugs belong behind bars. Shame on them for trying to intimidate a sex crime victim and help a predator stay out of jail.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun had a chance to send a strong signal to those who obstruct justice. But he blew it. We hope he feels guilt the next time he hears or reads about another person who actively tries to prevent the prosecution of a predator. And we hope he levies tougher punishment next time on those who try to silence crime victims.

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TX- Victims ask to speak at SBC convention in Houston

Victims ask to speak at SBC convention in Houston

Group deplores “rallying around” alleged predators

It wants Baptist church officials to train their staff and flocks

SNAP: “There’s a right way & a wrong way to act when ministers are accused

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IL- Joliet predator priest is freed

We’re worried about the safety of kids now that Fr. “Alex” Flores walks free. We suspect he’ll “vanish” before he can be deported.

We also believe he could easily face more child sex charges and be convicted and imprisoned again. And we believe that Joliet Catholic officials could make this happen, if only they would find the courage to use their resources to seek out more people who may have seen, suspected or suffered Fr. Flores’ crimes.

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NJ- Newark archbishop promotes his “right hand man"

According to trusted Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo (“Whispers in the Loggia”), Newark Archbishop John Myers has named Auxiliary Bishop Edgar da Cunha as the archdiocese’s new vicar general.

For a decade, da Cunha has been Myers’ right hand man. Da Cunha has been silent while Myers has repeatedly endangered kids, broken church policies, deceived parishioners and the public about predator priests.

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FL- Evangelical mission staffer arrested

An overseas missionary from the Sanford FL-based New Tribes Mission (NTM) has been arrested on child porn and child sex abuse charges.  Now, it’s crucial that NTM uses its vast resources to reach out to others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.

Given NTM’s disturbing track record on children’s safety, church officials must take aggressive steps to help law enforcement convict Warren Scott Kennell.

If they do little or nothing, it will be clear that little or nothing in this troubling organization is changing.

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Stockton Catholic bishop threatens bankruptcy

Stockton’s Catholic bishop is threatening to seek bankruptcy protection. Shame on him.

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130606/A_NEWS/306060322/-1/A_NEWS06

It’s a selfish cop-out when Catholic institutions misuse the Chapter 11 process to protect their secrets and deny child sex abuse victims a chance to expose predators in court. Make no mistake about it: that’s the real motivation here. It’s a lack of courage, not a lack of funds. It’s to protect reputations, not assets.

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