To the survivors who were hurt by my errors, please know how grieved I am. Some will question whether the force of public pressure explains the timing of my statement and its public nature. In all candor, this pressure is no doubt part of that explanation. That fact should serve to encourage survivors and their advocates to maintain such pressure. (emphasis added by YL)
This is from a statement of apology for mishandling abuse allegations about Pastor CJ Mahaney of Sovereign Grace Churches. The author is R. Albert Mohler Jr, the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention and the largest Baptist seminary with some three thousand students. So this is a very big deal.
According to the New York Times, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, J.D. Greear,
Thanked the news media for “shining a light on the magnitude of this horrific sin,” and reminded his fellow pastors that journalists are “not our enemy.”
“We need to regard any exposure, any shining of light on abuse, as our friend, even if it makes us ask some uncomfortable questions about ourselves,” he said. “The safety of victims is more important than the reputation of Southern Baptists.”
He also called on Southern Baptists to repent for “a culture that has made abuse, cover-ups and evading accountability far too easy,” and for thinking that clergy sexual abuse is “a Catholic problem” or a “corrupt Hollywood problem.”
Rabbi Druckman, Agudah, and other orthodox leaders can take some lessons from the Southern Baptists.