Jack was one of the most likeable Pastors in the history of his Church. He was not confrontational and looked for ways to handle every situation without bringing harm on anyone.
When a member asked to see him after Church, Pastor Jack readily accepted the appointment to see how he could be of assistance to one of his best members. Once the Pastor’s door was closed, the gentleman told the Pastor that the new Youth Pastor (who had just celebrated his 19th Birthday) had been intimate with his 14 year old daughter and the issue must be addressed immediately.
Pastor called the Youth Pastor into the office and the Youth Pastor confirmed there had been a sexual relationship with the young lady, but that it was consensual. Pastor Jack thought he had reached a solution to solve the issue without inflicting further harm on anyone. Pastor miscalculated and did not take appropriate action.
The young lady’s father filed criminal and civil action against the Church, the Pastor, and the Youth Pastor. The Youth Pastor was imprisoned, the Church did not have enough insurance to cover the lawsuit and had to be sold to pay damages, and Pastor Jack was no longer sought after to Pastor any Church
As a certified counselor for almost 21 years, I have had the unpleasant task of counseling hundreds who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of those who should have been protectors—i.e. Pastors, Ministers, and Church Chaperones.
The Catholic Church has been in the news recently have been placed under the societal microscope for these and similar situations, but they are not the only guilty parties. Some of the Protestant churches in this nation, and around the world, are just as guilty.