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Presiding Bishop comments on COGIC sex crimes and money issues

In 2009, according to documented testimony by COGIC’s presiding bishop, the denomination on average pays out approximately $800,000 annually to settle clergy sexual abuse legal claims.

But a year later, in a  2010 report to the General Assembly, Bishop Blake told delegates that financial payouts for “settlements” had dramatically increased.

After “expressing concern” over the denomination’s  financial health due in part to improper financial recordkeeping, the minutes reflected that  “Bishop Blake noted the need for adjustments to be made and highlighted the fact that approximately $1.7 million is spent on legal fees and settlements.”

Then, as if to connect then segue:

“Bishop Blake expounded on the problem of sexual misconduct by clergy and emphasized that such criminal activity must be properly reported.  He also intimated that the general church could not pay legal expenses for local and jurisdiction litigation.”

Even though the church’s chief lawyer Enoch Perry  falsely informed the church’s general assembly that in over 100 years of COGIC there had “only been 20-25 processed cases of  sexual misconduct”. Perry did not say what constitutes a sexual abuse case nor why with such a low number of cases, the church pays out such large sums of money to compensate victims each year.

His GA testimony was in sharp conflict with Bishop Blake’s $800k statement. The math between the two statements were worlds apart.

Another note of interest:  Given the prior numbers and statements from the Perry, no one (at least not on record) ever questioned the presiding bishop as to why settlement payouts had increased and who the money was paid to.

As we pointed out here, COGIC’s own “sexual abuse policy”  approved by Blake says that “The local jurisdiction and the National Church can all be held liable for of the acts of one individual.” This was the case in Washington State where after a legal defeat in the case of Supt Charles Smith, the church had to pay a $1 million dollar settlement. The jurisdictional headquarters was later sold.  And several years prior in Illinois (5th jurisdiction) the church paid $1.5 million settlement (see this) because of a failure of leadership to discipline a known sexually immoral pastor.

April 2010 GA Minutes (contains cited remarks)

April 2011 Minutes

November 2011 Minutes

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  1. March 31, 2012 at 12:37 pm

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