Predators listed on Southern Baptist Web page

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's Web page lists the names of pastors both indicted and convicted of sexual abuse among its database for finding clergy members.

The listings, at SBC's MinisterSearch, include a former Cordova pastor charged in October with rape and sexual battery.

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have condemned sexual predators and are urging churches to flush out molesters using federal background checks.

David Brown, an abuse victim and coordinator for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in Memphis and a Southern Baptist, calls the listings a "double standard" by the church.

Church spokesman Roger Oldham says the minister search, which has more than 10,000 names, is simply a directory and not an endorsement.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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