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(Reuters) – The Southern Baptist Conference, the biggest U.S. Protestant denomination, stated on Friday that a number of of its entities had been being investigated by the Justice Division, after a report discovered the church had mishandled intercourse abuse claims and mistreated victims.
The Conference didn’t present particulars on the inquiry and the Justice Division didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. However the church’s govt committee stated in a press release it could absolutely cooperate with the probe and would “transparently tackle the scourge of sexual abuse.”
An inner report commissioned by the Conference and launched in Might discovered that complaints of intercourse abuse by pastors and employees had been both ignored or coated up by high clergy, a apply that occurred over a long time.
The Conference, which has 13.7 million members, has since issued a proper apology over the abuse and launched a listing of a whole lot of offenders who’ve been criminally convicted, had civil judgments towards them or confessed their actions.
In its assertion, the Conference’s govt committee stated the Justice Division inquiry “will embody a number of SBC entities.” Every entity is resolved to completely and utterly cooperate, it added.
“Leaders throughout the SBC have demonstrated a agency conviction to deal with these problems with the previous and are implementing measures to make sure they’re by no means repeated sooner or later,” it stated.