We unfortunately live in a time when child abuse is common, and given the way things are going, tragic instances of it are likely to increase. . . . In the first place, when plausible suspicion arises that child abuse has occurred or is occurring, the first priority is to ensure that it does not continue in the present circumstance, and that it does not continue into the future, in any other circumstance. . . . No conscientious pastor can be willingly complicit in a child having to spend one more minute under the control of his abuser. . . . There are times when an anemic response of a church to a child abuse tragedy is a response that simply makes the blast radius bigger. . . .
“Recently, a man convicted of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor child under the age of 16 was released on parole after serving 20 months of a life sentence. He is a first-time offender.” Continue reading