Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson

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President Of Southern Baptist Organization Removed From Office

May 23, 2018 - 6:34 am

FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD/AP) - A major backlash has resulted in the removal of 75-year-old Paige Patterson as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In a marathon session of closed-door meetings, the seminary's board of trustees agreed to remove Patterson and designate him "President Emeritus," a mostly ceremonial position. 

The seminary's dean, Jeffrey Bingham, is now the interim president.

Patterson came under fire recently for comments, on audio and videotape, which included remarks about a teenage girl’s figure and saying female seminarians needed to work harder to look attractive.

He also allegedlysaid women who are abused should almost always stay with their husbands. Patterson later apologized for some of the comments.

It's not clear if Patterson will still be delivering a high-profile sermon at next month's Southern Baptist Convention gathering in Dallas.

"I wish to apologize to every woman who has been wounded by anything I have said that was inappropriate or that lacked clarity," the statement said. "Please forgive the failure to be as thoughtful and careful in my extemporaneous expression as I should have been."

Patterson rose to prominence in the 1970s while leading a conservative takeover of the estimated 15-million-member Baptist Convention. He helped to pass resolutions that ban women as pastors and declare the Bible is without error, as well as teaching that women should be submissive to their husbands.