Southern Baptists say denomination faces DOJ investigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention said Friday that several of the denomination’s top entities are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The SBC statement gave few details about the investigation, but said it dealt with sexual abuse. The SBC, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, has been plagued with issues related to clergy sex abuse in recent years.

“Individually and collectively, each SBC entity is committed to cooperating fully and completely with the investigation,” the statement said. “As we continue to mourn and mourn past mistakes related to sexual abuse, current SBC leaders have demonstrated a strong belief in resolving these past issues and are implementing measures to ensure they do not reoccur. never in the future.”

Earlier this year, an SBC task force released a stunning 288-page report by outside consultant Guidepost Solutions. The firm’s seven-month independent investigation revealed disturbing details about how faith leaders mishandled sex abuse complaints and mistreated victims.

There was no immediate comment from the Justice Department about the investigation.


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