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Was Holland McMorris Named in the SBC List of Abusers?

Holland Farrell McMorris, a pastor of the Paradise Baptist Church in Ball, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to four counts of child abuse. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for three of the counts and 15 years in prison for the fourth, with no eligibility for probationer parole. According to a state prison spokesman, McMorris was convicted of sex crimes in 2010 and is serving a 25-year sentence in Louisiana state prison.

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List of Southern Baptist Abusers

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document contains horrible brand-new information regarding specific abuse circumstances and clarify how denominational officials actively opposed abuse prevention and change for several years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually announced a comprehensive and independent 3rd party examination that uncovered that abusers were often ignored, forgotten, or perhaps denounced by high-level congregation officials from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million people. Additionally, it showed these leaders often lied to their very own members to prevent them from being aware of the rampant sexual misconduct.

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A History of Overlooked Mishandling

Almost all of these reported events fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it uncertain how many abusers were in fact charged. According to the report, an in-house list was kept.

The report alleges that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault merely one month after finishing his two-year period as the convention’s president. In Addition, Johnny Hunt, a well-known Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s objectives arm, was credibly implicated of abusing a woman during a 2010 vacation in Panama City Beach, Florida. The North American Mission Board president declared he was uninformed of the allegations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report additionally names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC officials who aided in covering up for and even motivated alleged abusers.

Responsibility in the Southern Baptist Church

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy branch, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The report demonstrates a trend of stonewalling, intimidation, coverup, and retaliation.” He anticipates this document will deliver much-needed change and hold those liable for their sexual abuse.

The report asserts that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault just one month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative council as notable SBC leaders who assisted in covering up and actually encouraged believed abusers.

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