If you think physical and sexual abuse in the church is a very rare thing I would suggest you go over to former pastor Bruce Gerencser’s blog – The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser and take a quick read through his Black Collar Crime Series. He’s been chronicling the abuse from publicly available news sources, posting whenever he runs across a new case.
It’s a complete compendium from Buddhist to Mennonite to Catholic and Independent Fundamentalist Baptist and beyond. Abuse in religious communities is not a Catholic or IFB problem, it cuts across all denominational lines. It’s quite overwhelming how many of the clergy are involved in sex crimes. Here’s what Bruce had to say about his series:
Pray For Bruce Gerencser
Bruce Gerencser was an IFB pastor for over twenty five years for congregations in Ohio and Texas. He and his lovely wife Polly live in Ohio surrounded by their children and grandchildren. Their recovery from years of spiritual abuse is a work in progress just as it is for all of us.
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