A major newspaper in California covered the issue of spiritual abuse focusing on several families from different churches in the Sacramento area. Though the article did not name the churches, the treatment was decent and the issue was brought out in the open. Light in a dark place.
The paper examined the issue of spiritual abuse in a story titled Some Sacramento-area faithful turn backs on pastors, 'spiritual abuse' published in December 2009. At least 20 pages of comments followed the story, some revealing other incidents of abuse.
Spiritual abuse is a topic that churches neglect and that secular sources often don't care about or understand.
It is a hopeful development for a major media source like the Bee to take notice and investigate this issue. Spiritual abuse devastates families, destroys faith, hurts other churches that are tainted by neighboring church mistreatment and scandal, and leaves a lot of people disillusioned and lost.