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Sex charges against ex-pastor stir online controversy for Minnesota Missouri Synod Lutherans

Published 04/15/2012, Forum Communications

A spirited discussion is taking place on a website written by and used by members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod promising possible controversy this week at a district convention in Alexandria, Minn., over how the conservative denomination will respond to growing reports that church officials allowed the lay pastor to be hired near Bemidji despite his 1983 conviction for sexually abusing a minor. He was arrested last month on similar charges.

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