Friday, September 27, 2013

Billy Graham’s grandson: evangelicals ‘worse’ than Catholics on sex abuse

Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian from Liberty Universtiy School of Law
speaks during a panel titled “Investigating Religion: The
Continuing Story of Clergy Abuse Beyond Roman Catholics” at
the Religion Newswriters Association Conference in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) The Christian mission field is a “magnet” for sexual abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse said Thursday (Sept. 26) to a room of journalists.
While comparing evangelicals to Catholics on abuse response, ”I think we are worse,” he said at the Religion Newswriters Association conference, saying too many evangelicals had “sacrificed the souls” of young victims.
“Protestants can be very arrogant when pointing to Catholics,”  said Tchividjian, a grandson of evangelist Billy Graham and executive director of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), which has investigated sex abuse allegations.
Earlier this summer, GRACE spearheaded an online petition decrying the “silence” and “inattention” of evangelical leaders to sexual abuse in their churches.  (more...)

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