Latter-day Saint Life

"Deseret News": Mormon Bishop Interviews Are Not "Invitations" for Abuse


What a thoughtful article from the Deseret News editorial board.

If we're seeing anything today, surely it is a desperate need for character and respect for moral virtue.

But raising young people to be women and men of conscience and integrity is no small feat, even as it remains a critical component of preventing the sexual misconduct that has forced so many men in power to resign in recent weeks.

Sexual assault and abuse of any kind is not merely reprehensible — it is evil. Perpetrators must be prosecuted and victims must be both heard and healed.

It appears society is at long-last awakening to the suffering caused by sexual assault and misconduct. From Hollywood to the halls of Congress, no institution or industry is immune. Prurient perpetrators are no respecters of sectors.

Religious institutions, in particular, must never tolerate or shield sexual misconduct. President Gordon B. Hinckley, the former head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns this paper, declared unequivocally that sexual abuse is "an affront to the decency that ought to exist in every man and woman. It is a violation of that which is sacred and divine. ... It is reprehensible and worthy of the most severe condemnation."

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