Brian Houston, pastor and co-founder of the Australian Hillsong megachurch resigned from the church board last Friday. A resignation that comes after he was accused of withholding information about sexual abuse perpetrated by his father, Frank Houston.
The Guardian reports that Pastor Brian Houston, 67, was indicted in early August as part of an investigation that has been ongoing since 2019. He is accused of failing to inform the police of the actions of his father, Franck Houston in a case sexual abuse.
"The police allege in court that the man knew of information relating to the sexual abuse of a young man in the 1970s and did not bring this information to the attention of the police," the service said. from police.
Brian Houston claims to be innocent: "I vehemently profess my innocence and defend these accusations and I welcome the opportunity to set the record straight," he said in August, reported by CBN News.
According to Sydney Morning Herald, he is due to appear in court on October 5. The newspaper also reports that documents filed with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) reveal that Brian Houston resigned from the church board just over a week and a half after. have been charged by the police.
Stephen Crouch, a current member of the church board, was appointed in his place.
Brian Houston remains however the senior pastor of Hillsong as he indicated in an email sent to members of his church on Friday and picked up by The Roys Report.
“I (left the boards) so that these boards can work to their full potential during this season. It does not change my role as the senior world pastor. I thought it was important to let our church family know for the sake of transparency, and I wanted you to hear it directly from me, ”the post read.
In a press release published on July 23, Hillsong claimed that Brian Houston was unaware of his father's actions and that as soon as he heard about it, he "confronted" him before reporting "the matter to the National Executive Assemblies of God in Australia. As well as to the "Sydney Christian Life Center Board of Directors" and then publicly announce it to the church.
“Brian sought to honor the victim's multiple requests not to inform the police. »Underlines the management of the Australian megachurch.
Camille Westphal Perrier
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