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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:02 am 
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Paul Burdick taught driver education at Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus. He was also the bishop of the Hillsboro Ward of the LDS Church.

HILLSBORO, Ore. — A driver education teacher and Mormon bishop has been arrested for the sexual abuse of 15 underage girls.

Paul Douglas Burdick, 48, of Hillsboro was arrested Thursday and faces 15 counts of third-degree sexual abuse. Detectives said they've identified 20 victims and believe there are more.

Burdick taught driver education at Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus. He was also the bishop of the Hillsboro Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/crime/ ... c2cbc8b6a5

How many incidents is that now...1,000...2,000...more? When will the Church acknowledge it has an institutional problem?

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement on Burdick:

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no tolerance for abuse. We have removed Burdick from his leadership role and he has been prohibited from serving with children. We support the efforts of law enforcement to investigate this matter and have fully cooperated in their investigation. Those who abuse children are also subject to formal discipline from the Church, including the loss of their membership in the church."


But here's the bigger question the Church needs to answer...
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The allegations range from 2012 through 2018 when Burdick was removed from his positions.

Detectives believe there are more victims and they would like to speak with anyone who may have been affected by Burdick’s alleged crimes. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 503-846-2700.

...how was he appointed as a Bishop when he was actively abusing children? Where was the spirit of discernment at any point over those 6 years?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:17 am 
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Did you pick up on the story about the former Primary teacher, David Dawson? It's linked over on Sam's Facebook page, Protect Every Child.

Sam is on top of every one of these stories. Not missing a beat over there.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:06 am 
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In all the world, taught President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve, there is nothing quite like the office of the bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Except for parents, the bishop has the best opportunity to teach and to cause to be taught the things that matter most. And a bishop has the remarkable opportunity to teach parents about their responsibility; then he must allow them time to teach their children.

”The bishop is responsible for the young men of the Aaronic Priesthood and for the young women as well. He receives and accounts for tithes and offerings. He is responsible for the temporal affairs of the Church, to seek out the poor, and he has many other duties.

“The bishop is ‘to judge his people by the testimony of the just, and by the assistance of his counselors, according to the laws of the kingdom which are given by the prophets of God’ (D&C 58:18; italics added). He is to judge them as to their worthiness to receive the ordinances and serve in offices.

”He is to counsel and correct and to preach the gospel to his flock, individually and collectively. In all of this, he is to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Crucifixion, the Atonement, the Resurrection, the Restoration“ (“The Bishop and His Counselors,” Apr. 1999 general conference).

President Packer added that a bishop (or a branch president) does not volunteer or aspire to his calling. He is called of God, by prophecy. He is ordained, set apart, and given keys to preside over a ward.

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/chu ... d?lang=eng

So it's God's fault...hmm...

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….Every [bishop] is a man who has been called by the spirit of prophecy and revelation and set apart and ordained by the laying on of hands.

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/stu ... t?lang=eng

At the time of his call "by the spirit of prophecy and revelation", the Bishop in the OP was sexually abusing children.

It gets worse...Mr Briefcase (L. Tom Perry)...informs us that all Bishop appointments are sanctioned in the temple by the First Presidency:
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Some years ago I was assigned to a committee responsible for reviewing all changes in bishops. We would bring forward our recommendations for consideration at a meeting in the temple attended by the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve.

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/stu ... s?lang=eng
Messrs Monson, Eyring and Uchtdorf or Messrs Nelson, Oaks and Eyring sanctioned his appointment, in the temple.

Would anyone still prepared the defend the idea that the First Presidency operates with the spirit of discernment please step forward...

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:12 am 
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The prominent support group that helped expose widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests is calling on the LDS Church to discontinue its practice of male bishops interviewing young Mormons behind closed doors.

Such conversations — sometimes about intimate sexual matters — are “a recipe for abuse,” said Joelle Casteix, the Western regional leader for SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “They should be stopped.”

Considered the oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings, SNAP’s efforts were featured in the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight.”

Predators thrive “in a system like the LDS Church has,” Casteix, an abuse-prevention expert and a survivor herself, said Thursday in an interview. “This is not a safe environment for children.”

No other “reputable institutional church, private or public school, sports group, youth-serving organization, or community center allows one-on-one meetings between adults and children,” she said in a news release. “Why is the LDS Church endorsing this horrible practice?”

SNAP was responding to the question of whether it is appropriate, especially amid today’s torrent of revelations about sexual harassment and misconduct, for Mormon bishops, who are always male, to interview children privately.

Some wonder whether the approach itself — even at its most benign — might be a form of harassment.

“When I heard about [the Mormon practice],” Casteix said, “I was shocked.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints declined to comment Thursday on SNAP’s plea. But earlier this week it said these “personal interviews are an important part of ministering to those in a congregation.”

“Leaders are instructed to be sensitive to the character, circumstances and understanding of the young man or young woman,” church spokesman Eric Hawkins wrote in a statement. “They are counseled to not be unnecessarily probing or invasive in their questions.”

Hawkins also pointed out that when church leaders meet with a “child, youth or woman, they are encouraged to ask a parent or another adult to be in an adjoining room, foyer or hall.”

SNAP’s Casteix rejected those explanations, arguing that “the ramifications of these meetings are horrific.”

Even though parents are permitted to wait outside the door, she wrote, “putting a child alone in a room with an adult in a position of power — who can ask the child probing questions about sex — is an open invitation for predators. What child will report that something bad happened during a meeting that the LDS Church calls a ‘sacred opportunity?’”

Predators will abuse kids, “while their parents were in the next room or down the hall,” she argued. “All they need is a closed door.”


A petition with more than 8,500 signatures is circulating online urging the Utah-based faith “to immediately cease the practice of subjecting children to questions about masturbation, orgasm, ejaculation, sexual positions or anything else of a sexual nature.”

Launched by a former LDS bishop, Sam Young, in Texas, the effort further calls on Mormon leaders to “publicly disavow this practice.”

SNAP saluted Young for his efforts.

“We hope that LDS Church leaders embrace him and his idea, instead of shunning him,” Casteix said. “He is a hero for the children of LDS.”

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/ne ... lAbuse.htm

The other point I'd make here is that, even if the Bishop is whiter than white, the act of an unrelated adult asking a minor sexually intrusive questions in a one to one situation desensitises the minor and makes them more susceptible to predators. It's grooming, regardless of the honourable intent of the Bishop.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:24 am 
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Former Mormon leader and driver’s ed teacher Paul Burdick pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the 15 sex abuse charges he’s facing.

Each of the 15 charges represents a victim in his case. He’s accused of abusing girls and young women who took his driver’s education course at Portland Community College.

“He was staring at their bodies, making inappropriate comments and was touching them in intimate areas,” said Detective Mark Povolny.

Detective Mark Povolny started the latest round of investigation in 2018. Originally, deputies arrested Burdick for the same crime in 2016 — but the district attorney decided to drop the case due to a lack of evidence.

Then in August 2018, more students came forward reporting abuses during driving lessons with Burdick.

“Obviously right away we were concerned because this was the second pair of girls who had come forward in 2 years reporting very similar things,” he said.

Portland Community College and the Church of Latter-Day Saints removed him from his roles immediately as detectives continued to search for more victims. The church has cooperated with the investigation from the beginning.

https://www.koin.com/news/crime/mormon- ... e-charges/

The victim count is rising. And note that he was arrested in 2016 - when was he called & released as Bishop?

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At this point, detectives have found a total of 30 girls who were all 15, 16 or 17 at the time of the abuse.

From the article in the op

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The allegations range from 2012 through 2018 when Burdick was removed from his positions.

So he was arrested for abuse allegations in 2016 but not removed as Bishop until 2018. How many youth worthiness interviews did he conduct during those two years?

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Would anyone still prepared the defend the idea that the First Presidency operates with the spirit of discernment please step forward...

Uh-oh, here comes MG...... :rolleyes:

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Would anyone still prepared the defend the idea that the First Presidency operates with the spirit of discernment please step forward...

Uh-oh, here comes MG...... :rolleyes:


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:32 am 
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And the Church Is considering giving “Bishops” like the one in the OP private access to kids as young as 8? It’s as if a pedaphile ring is secretly running the church.

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