More on Abusive Priest David Nix and the Suicide of Alana Chen

Yesterday, I received an email from Catholic priest David Nix, who allegedly is responsible for the death by suicide of Alana Chen. In Nix’s email (screen cap below), he demanded that I remove a reference to him on the site’s listing of abusive church leaders. That’s not going to happen, and here’s why. Before we go further, let’s… Read More »

Breaking News: Unconfirmed Reports About Disgraced Pastor Andy Savage’s New Church

This just in. Unconfirmed sources report that disgraced pastor Andy Savage, who sexually assaulted a teen entrusted to his care, is holding church services Sunday evenings at the offices of Speak Communications, located at 1648 West Massey in Memphis. Speak, which allegedly is owned by Andy’s brother, does marketing communications for churches. Sources say Andy’s new church, known… Read More »

New Feature: Online Database

Over the past several years, I have watched with dismay as The Episcopal Church and other denominations and faith traditions discuss the sharing of information about abusers. It seems to me that this should be a simple thing: If you are clergy and engage in any sort of abuse, people need to know. Churches need to know. Parishioners… Read More »

Will the ELCA be Gone in 30 Years?

Editor: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest denominations in the United States. With over 4 million members, it is more than twice the size of The Episcopal Church (TEC). The two churches have been in full communion since 1999. But ELCA and share more than just the ties of being in full… Read More »

Primer: Victim Blaming 101

Jules Woodson first appeared in the media roughly a year ago, when fellow blogger Dee Parsons, among others, covered her sexual abuse at the hands of her former youth pastor, Andy Savage. A teen at the time, Jules accepted a ride home from Andy, only to be coerced into a sexual encounter along a dark road. Since then,… Read More »

Thugs in the Pulpit: Avoiding Abuse from Church Leaders

“When it comes to controlling human beings, there is no better instrument than lies. Because you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.” Michael Ende link Over the weekend, I decided to Google church and pastoral abuse. Normally, we already have a situation in… Read More »