Matthew J. Cressler is associate professor of religious studies at the College of Charleston. He is the author of Authentically Black and Truly Catholic: The Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migrations (NYU Press, 2017) and has written for America, The Atlantic, Religion News Service, The Revealer, Slate, and Zocalo Public Square.

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The eerie parallels between the Southern Baptist and Catholic sexual abuse crises

Commentary: What the released report uncovered about the Southern Baptist Convention was shocking and unsurprising in equal measure for those of us familiar with abuse and cover-up in the Catholic context.