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Southern Baptist Convention leaders began taking action steps in response to widespread sexual abuse in churches.
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At an executive committee meeting this week, SBC President J. D. Greear proposed 10 calls to action, which include cutting ties with churches that have a “wanton disregard” for sexual abuse, creating a registry of offenders, and reviewing and strengthening abuse policies.
Across the Atlantic, dealing with their own longstanding problem of sex abuse by clergy, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church came together for a summit focused on how to end the “evil.”
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Pope Francis recommended a 21-point plan, which includes having priests and bishops guilty of sexual abuse against minors leave the ministry, supporting victims toward complete recovery, requiring psychological evaluations of candidates for the priesthood and formulating mandatory codes of conduct for clergy, staff and volunteers “to outline appropriate boundaries in personal relationships.”
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