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Southwestern Baptist seminary cuts all ties with Paige Patterson

Paige Patterson on Wednesday, May 30, was removed from all positions with the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Paige Patterson on Wednesday, May 30, was removed from all positions with the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Star-Telegram file

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has terminated Paige Patterson entirely over his handling of a sexual abuse case at another institution, according to a statement released Wednesday.

Patterson will not receive compensation or be the theologian in residence and is no longer president emeritus, the statement said.

The executive committee came to a unanimous decision after it confirmed new information about the previous case that is "inconsistent with SWBTS’s biblically informed core values," according to the statement.

Patterson, who previously served as the seminary president, was pushed into the position of “president emeritus” on May 23 after he had come under fire for comments on abused women.

The Washington Post recently published an article alleging that Patterson told a woman who said she had been raped to not report it to police and to forgive the assailant.

Patterson, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention, is still scheduled to deliver the keynote sermon at this year's annual meeting in Dallas, June 12-13.

The women say an older church member touched them inappropriately when they were teens, and that church leaders kept it quiet. Now, years later, the man has been convicted on charges of child porn and online solicitation of a minor.

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