Friday Five: SBC abuse, Mabel Grammer's faith, power of nuance, 'fourth-trimester' abortions

GetReligion | 2/14/2019 | Bobby Ross Jr.
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You know your big investigative project has made a major splash when other news organizations immediately follow up on your original reporting.

Such is the case with the Houston Chronicle’s bombshell series on sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3).

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The Washington Post and Memphis’ Commercial Appeal were among many newspapers that responded to the Houston coverage. I mention those two newspapers because I felt like their stories offered some additional insight into the independent congregational structure of the Southern Baptist Convention that perhaps even the Chronicle didn’t fully grasp.

In any case, let’s dive into the Friday Five (where we’ll see a few more links tied to the SBC):

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1. Religion story of the week: Is there any doubt which story will occupy this space?

I wrote GetReligion’s initial post on the Chronicle’s big series on Southern Baptist abuse (“'Guys, you are not my opponent,' Southern Baptist official tells reporters investigating sexual abuse”).

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Editor Terry Mattingly delved deeper into the anonymous nature of congregations in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination (“Bottom line: Southern Baptist Convention's legal structure will affect fight against sexual abuse”).

2. Most popular GetReligion post: A post by Julia Duin was our most-clicked analysis of the week.

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Her commentary titled “’Ignore vision of the Virgin Mary? Mabel Grammer's Catholicism muted in New York Times obit” beat my SBC post by a nose.

3. Guilt folder fodder (and more): Kelsey Dallas, national religion reporter at the Deseret News in Salt Lake...
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