The pastor is a convicted child molester who was convicted in 1990. But he continues as pastor of his church. So why isn’t there pickets outside the church? Why aren’t there demands his bishop remove him? Why aren’t people scandalized?
Because he’s not Catholic.
The man in question is a Baptist minister in Rhode Island. He was convicted in 1990 of molesting his daughters. He was sent to prison and was released in 1996. When confronted by reporters, Rev. Joseph T. Campbell says, “Approximately 15-20 years ago, I committed some sexual offenses, but that is something that happened 15 years ago, and since then I have turned my life around.”
- “God forgave me,” said Campbell. “Since then I have started a new life and my record has been impeccable since then. Not a blemish anywhere on it. Why dig up skeletons like this?”
Is he right? Can a man ever return to ministry after molesting even his daughters, or perhaps especially because they’re his daughters?
It will be interesting to see if there’s any follow up on this. Will he be forced out of his pulpit?
He has quite a rap sheet and is apparently one of those cases of guys who find Jesus in prison. Is it different if a guy was a scoundrel before and represented himself as such, but is now evidently reformed, than a guy who was a hidden scoundrel (like so many pervert priests have been) so that it is harder to tell if he’s changed since then? All good questions.