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DALLAS (BP) -- In a letter to the "Southern Baptist Family," Paige Patterson has defended himself against "accusations that I ever knowingly ignored or failed to follow appropriate protocols in cases of reported abuse of women, students, or staff at any institution where I have served."
Patterson's letter, released to media June 8, also conveyed to Southern Baptists his decision -- announced minutes earlier in a letter to Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines -- not to preach the convention sermon June 13 in Dallas. Patterson, former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, added, "In a few days, for the first time in 66 years I will not attend the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention." Read More