The answer is here. I’m not going to give it away, but (surprise, surprise) it has a lot to do with money.
This is part II of our series on Clerical Sexual Boundary Violations.
To CSBV 1: Sexualized Violence Uncovered Among Mennonites: An Interview with Rachel Halder. Halder has been compiling hitherto unknown examples of abuse of children and teenagers among Mennonite communities which have often stayed silent about the problem.
To CSBV III: Presbyterian Pastor Doubles as Escort: A youth minister engages a woman in a sexual relationship, and then entrusts her with his secrets.
Why Episcopal Leaders Made a Deal with the New York Post to Misreport on Sexual Misconduct is the product of two years of research and intense personal involvement in a story. It’s a story with a lot of suffering, and as a result, I have put it on my own personal website, instead of Patheos. That’s because I don’t want to profit from that suffering. But when you click over, please note at the top of the page the organizations that I’d like you to donate to, if possible.
The article was originally written as a response to my Patheos colleague Adrian Warnock’s request for a conversation about faith and mental illness. Why Episcopal Leaders Made a Deal with the New York Post to Misreport on Sexual Misconduct discusses how religious leaders can misuse clinical labels in order to divest themselves of responsibility after traumatizing a parishioner. In an amazing case of the Internet coming full circle, the article centers around a New York church which has linked to a different response to Warnock by Reformed theologian David Murray.
Comments are disabled here. We’ll do any discussion on my website. The principle applies there as here: my readers are my editors. I’ll be doing my best to respond there, or anywhere else online, that people might wish to discuss this story. Thanks, as always, for being at Stories Untold and at Patheos.