TX--Big, controversial Dallas church sells its building
For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 3
Statement by Amy Smith, Co-leader of DFW SNAP ([email protected], 281-748-4050)
The high-profile Prestonwood Church of Dallas is selling its ostentatious building.
We hope officials at Prestonwood Church are humbled by this sale of their edifice. We suspect that the church would be in better financial shape now had its staff acted responsibly and compassionately and honestly with child sex abuse reports, especially those involving John Langworthy.
We also hope that other church officials are deterred from concealing child sex crimes when they consider what’s happened at Prestonwood.
Finally, we hope that every single person at Prestonwood, including former staff and members, will do the right thing and call police with any information or suspicions they may have about child sex crimes or cover ups at the church. It’s never too late to do the right thing. And we never know what action we take might spare one more child a life of trauma and devastation.
And we are deeply grateful for victims of child sex crimes at Prestonwood for their courage in speaking up, protecting others and exposing wrongdoing. They are heroes.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)