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Fantasizing Priest Accidentally Turns Communion Wafer Into Body Of Altar Boy

August 18, 2018

 

 

Whoops.

 

These Are Just A Few Of The Chilling Stories Of Abuse Covered Up By The Catholic Church In Pennsylvania

August 18, 2018

 

 

For decades, stories about clerical sexual abuse committed by Pennsylvania Catholic priests were reportedly locked away in the church’s secret archives.

These old secrets exploded into the light Tuesday with the publication of a grand jury report into six of Pennsylvania’s eight Roman Catholic dioceses.

The jurors’ 884-page report allowed Pennsylvania Catholics to finally grasp the extent of the abuse ― and cover-up ― in six dioceses: Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton. Over the course of two years, jurors identified 301 “predator priests” and more than 1,000 victims.

Jurors heard stories of boys and girls being groped. They heard about cases of kids becoming victims of child pornography, being made to masturbate with assailants, and being raped orally, vaginally and anally.

Underpinning the horrific crimes in the report are hundreds of pages of documents from the church’s secret archives that the jurors claim show that senior church officials knew the abuse was happening and failed to act properly. Catholic leaders, including former bishops, actively worked to protect abusers and the church’s public reputation, while brushing aside victims’ reports, the jurors claim.

The six dioceses and the accused priests were allowed to include their own responses to these claims at the end of the grand jury’s report. Some priests attached rebuttals, saying that the report included inaccuracies. About two dozen people named in the report petitioned to have their names redacted, claiming their right to due process would be violated if they were identified. The state Supreme Court plans to consider these individuals’ claims in September to determine if those redacted names should be revealed.

The majority of the perpetrators may never be brought to justice. Many are dead, while in some cases, the statute of limitations for bringing criminal charges has expired. That’s why the jurors insisted on naming accused priests and their bishops, and describing the abuse in detail.

“We are going to shine a light on their conduct, because that is what the victims deserve,” the report says.

To highlight the scope of the issue and the need for change, here are just some of the shocking cases of abuse and alleged cover-up documented in Tuesday’s landmark investigation.

The Priest Who Arranged An Abortion For His Victim
The grand jury reports that a priest in the Diocese of Scranton, Thomas Skotek,  assaulted a young girl from 1980 to 1985. The priest raped her, got her pregnant and helped arrange an abortion.
Documents in the church’s archives suggest that the diocese’s bishop was “fully aware” of the priest’s actions by 1986. Skotek resigned and was sent to a Catholic treatment center for clergy.
In a 1986 letter obtained by the grand jury, the bishop of Scranton expressed his condolences to the accused priest.
“This is a very difficult time in your life and I realize how upset you are. I too share your grief. How I wish it were not necessary to take this step,” the former Bishop James Timlin wrote in the letter to Skotek. “With the help of God, who never abandons us and who is always near when we need Him, this too will pass away, and all will be able to pick up and go on living.”
One year later, in 1987, Skotek was reassigned to another Pennsylvania church.
In 1989, the young woman was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement in exchange for a financial settlement.
That same year, Timlin sent a letter to the Vatican acknowledging that the priest had helped arrange an abortion. Catholic canon law deems those who cooperate in a completed abortion as “irregular,” which means they could be prevented from carrying out priestly duties. This bishop asked Rome to issue a dispensation for the priest, which is an exemption from an existing canon law.
“The Grand Jury noted that the focus of Timlin’s letter seemed to exclusively address the procurement of the abortion with little concern that Skotek had impregnated a child,” the report reads.
The priest continued in active ministry until 2002.
Timlin, now 91 and a bishop emeritus, responded to the grand jury report through his lawyer. While acknowledging that his efforts to respond to child sexual abuse in the diocese were “imperfect,” Timlin said he had acted with his best judgment, according to the medical standards of the time. In 1993, Timlin said, he established an internal review board in the diocese to help review child abuse cases.
“While not perfect, the Diocese of Scranton was in the vanguard of many religious organizations addressing the serious concerns related to child sexual abuse by members of the clergy,” the bishop’s statement said.
The Ring Of Predatory Priests Who Groomed Their Victims With Gold Crosses
The grand jury claims it uncovered a “ring of predatory priests” that operated within the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The jurors claim the ring created child pornography on diocesan property and used “whips, violence and sadism” in raping their victims. The ring apparently shared information about victims and even exchanged victims among themselves.
One man testified to the grand jury that the group of Pittsburgh priests once invited him to a parish rectory and asked him to get on a bed and remove his shirt, pants and underwear. The priests took photos of the victim, all the while claiming to make an “analogy to the image of Christ on the cross” and that the photos would be used to create religious statues.
The same victim also testified that the ring of priests groomed their victims with gifts. The priests would mark their “favorite boys” with gold cross necklaces.
″[The crosses] were a signal to other predators that the children had been desensitized to sexual abuse and were optimal targets for further victimization,” the grand jury wrote in its report.
The Priest Who Rinsed His Victim’s Mouth With Holy Water
The grand jury reports that a priest in the Diocese of Allentown sexually abused a young boy from 1981 to 1983. The victim reported the abuse to the diocese in 2011, and the diocese alerted local police.
The victim told police that the priest forced him to perform oral sex and also orally raped the boy. The victim claims that afterward, the priest would squirt holy water from a bottle into the victim’s mouth “to purify him,” the report states.
Since the statute of limitations had expired, no charges were brought against the priest. The priest, who has denied the accusations, served in churches until his retirement. As late as 2009, he was assisting with a local parish in Florida.
The Priest Who Confessed Abuse But Continued To Serve
In 1982, the Diocese of Allentown received a complaint from a victim’s father saying that a priest, Michael S. Lawrence, had sexually abused his 12-year-old son. When church officials confronted the priest, he reportedly confirmed the father’s account and said, “Please help me. I sexually molested a young boy.”
Church records obtained by the grand jury indicate that Lawrence was sent to a treatment center for Catholic clergy, where a doctor told church officials that the victim’s family should be given time to “ventilate” and that “the experience will not necessarily be a horrendous trauma” for the boy.
Two years later, Lawrence was assigned to a high school to teach religion classes. He wasn’t removed from active ministry until 1987. He continued to serve in a Diocesan Tribunal until 2002, when journalists at the Boston Globe brought national attention to the issue of child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. Lawrence retired that year and died in April 2015.
The Priest Whose Superiors Had His Back
Jurors claim that some former church officials in the Diocese of Pittsburgh took pains to defend and reassign the Rev. Richard Zula, who was sentenced to prison in 1990 for child abuse.
In 1987, a church official claimed one of the Zula’s victims, a 15-year-old girl, had “pursued” the priest and “literally seduced” him into a relationship.

 

 

 

 

Pennsylvania Church Pastor, Fire Marshal Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teenage Boy

August 17, 2018

 

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Mark Alan Feeney and David John Croyle accused of sexual assault of a minor

 

 

KITTANNING (KDKA) — A church pastor and a fire marshal in Armstrong County are accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

State police say 55-year-old Mark Alan Feeney, of Applewold, Pa., and 60-year-old David John Croyle, of Kittanning, are facing statutory sexual assault charges.

The two men allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy multiple times between April and September of 2016.

Croyle is a church pastor, Kittanning newspaper publisher and the vice president of the Kittanning City Council.

Feeney is a former fire chief and the present fire marshal for two Buffalo Township volunteer fire companies. He has been suspended pending the outcome of the criminal case. Feeney also was on the Applewold Town Council at one time.

 

Investigators tell KDKA the victim first met Croyle when he applied for a job at the Kittanning Paper.

Croyle allegedly sexually assaulted the teenager inside his apartment.

Troopers say they have text messages and other digital evidence to back up the victim’s account.

Feeney allegedly assaulted the teenager at his home on Ridge Avenue.

Investigators say Feeney and Croyle are acquaintances and they are not ruling out the possibility that Croyle may have introduced the victim to Feeney. They also say there’s no mistaking that both suspects knew the victim was minor.

“It was no accident. There was no mistake of age. It was an intentional act. They knew what they were doing,” Trooper Robert Rottman said.

Croyle and Feeney are in the Armstrong County Jail, both held on $150,000 bond.

Biblical Scholars Find Evidence Church Covered Up For 3 Wise Men Who Molested Baby Jesus

August 16, 2018

 

 

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Shedding further light on a long history of attempts to protect itself from accusations of criminal activity, biblical scholars at Harvard Divinity School reported Wednesday they have found evidence that the early Catholic church covered up for three wise men who molested baby Jesus. “After deciphering fragments of a previously unknown gospel, we now have textual documentation that clearly delineates abuse by three magi who arrived in Bethlehem and inappropriately touched the newborn Christ Child as He lay in the manger,” said Professor Raymond White, recounting the extensive efforts made by the church to scrub the story from early versions of the Bible and to discredit Jesus’ account of the event in His later sermons. “As described in newly discovered scraps of papyrus dating back nearly 2,000 years, these three magi were powerful men of great influence. Whatever moments of weakness or temptation they may have exhibited on that first Christmas morning, the early church must have seen fit to protect their reputations against any accusation from the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, who were, after all, very poor.” White went on to note that additional passages from the text explain how the three wise men were quietly relocated and allowed to continue their work in a remote village in Persia.

Minnesota rabbi charged in child sex sting operation

August 16. 2018

 

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Aryeh Cohen, would be child molester

 

A Minnesota rabbi who works in student outreach was charged in a child sex sting conducted earlier this year.

Rabbi Aryeh Cohen faces two felony counts of engaging in electronic communication relating to or describing conduct with a child, the Pioneer Press reported.

Some 17 people have been charged in recent days in the undercover operation.

In most of the cases, the men responded to ads posted on Craigslist by undercover agents posing as young women or men seeking a hook-up.

Cohen, 44, who has no prior record, was arrested in February outside an apartment in North St. Paul, where the federal agent posing as a 15-year-old boy suggested they meet after a week of communicating through a hook-up site, the Forward reported.

Cohen was the director of outreach for the Minneapolis Community Kollel, an Orthodox community center that offers seminars and classes on Jewish texts and religious life. He ran the Kollel’s JWAY program for college students and recent graduates. He and his wife, Adina, also led private text studies with male and female students at the Hillel on the University of Minnesota campus, according to the Forward, though he was not employed by Hillel.

Cohen’s name was removed from the Kollel’s website.

The rabbi will appear in court in September. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison.

Buddhist monk master in China resigns after sexual misconduct allegations

August 16, 2018

 

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Xuecheng – another one bites the dust
BEIJING (Reuters) – One of China’s highest-ranking Buddhist monks quit as the head of the country’s Buddhist association on Wednesday after facing a government investigation over accusations of sexual misconduct.
The abbot of Longquan Temple on the outskirts of Beijing, who is also a member of the Communist Party’s top political advisory body, has denied accusations of harassing and demanding sexual favors from several nuns.
The Buddhist Association of China said in a statement on its website that it had accepted Master Xuecheng’s offer to resign from the chairmanship and other posts on Wednesday, without elaborating on the reasons.
China’s religious affairs administration launched an investigation following accusations leveled against the abbot in a document prepared by two former monks at the monastery.
Xuecheng issued a denial on his Weibo microblog account, saying the allegations stemmed from “fabricated material” and “distorted facts”.
The case is one of the most prominent to have arisen since the #MeToo movement began to gain momentum in China.
The Chinese #MeToo-style movement came in December last year and the hashtag #MeToo has so far appeared more than millions of times on Weibo, and while issues like sexual assault have traditionally been brushed under the carpet, the movement is changing mindset among the younger generation.

Grand jury report details sexual abuse by more than 300 priests with more than 1,000 victims in Pennsylvania’s Catholic Church

August 15, 2018

 

And that just includes six of the ten dioceses in Pennsylvania.

 

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The Catholic Church is the largest pedophilia organization in history.

 

A new grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more than 300 “predator priests” have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims.

“We believe that the real number of children whose records were lost or who were afraid ever to come forward is in the thousands,” the grand jury report says.
“Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many, including some named in this report, have been promoted.”
The lengthy report, released Tuesday afternoon, investigates clergy sexual abuse daying back to 1947 in six dioceses: Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton.
Pennsylvania’s two other dioceses, Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown, have been the subjects of earlier grand jury reports, which found similarly damaging information about clergy and bishops in those dioceses.

“There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale,” the grand jurors wrote in Tuesday’s report.
“For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.”
The grand jurors said that “almost every instance of abuse we found is too old to be prosecuted.” But charges have been filed against two priests, one in Erie diocese and another in Greensburg diocese, who have been accused of abusing minors.
“We learned of these abusers directly from their dioceses — which we hope is a sign that the church is finally changing its ways,” the grand jurors said. “And there may be more indictments in the future; investigation continues.”

 

And by the way, fuck Pope Francis and all the previous popes who let this abuse exist and flourish.

Willow Creek megachurch pastor and entire board resign amid sexual misconduct investigation of founder

August 14, 2018

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Bill Hybels, proving for the millionth time that the only reasons to get into the preacher game are sex and money. And mega-sex.

 

Bill Hybels, 66, resigned from his position as pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in April after a series of sexual misconduct claims he described as “flat-out lies” became public. Wednesday, lead pastor Heather Larson announced her resignation and that of other church elders, who she said are sorry for not handling the allegations against Hybels properly.

“In recent days and weeks, it has become clear to me that this church needs a fresh start,” said Larson. “The staff, this staff that I dearly love, they also need a clean running lane to heal, to build, to dream.”

She read a statement to a full congregation during a meeting at the church’s South Barrington, Illinois, campus, where the news was met with applause and also protest with at least one person approaching the stage, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“We can now see this investigation was flawed. … We viewed the allegations through the lens of trust we had in Bill, and this clouded our judgement,” elder Missy Rasmussen said in a statement posted to the church’s website.

More: Megachurch pastor Bill Hybels resigns, calls sexual accusations ‘flat-out lies’

Rasmussen said Hybels, who has been accused of suggestive comments, an uninvited kiss, hotel room invitations and an extended affair with a married woman, worked “without the kind of accountability he should have had.” She also said the elders believe Hybels did not publicly admit the extent of his actions.

The elders apologized for not believing the women who came forward, some who directly worked for Hybels.

Lead teaching pastor Steve Carter resigned on Sunday, after hearing of “horrifying” allegations against Hybels reported by The New York Times.

Regional campus pastor Steve Gillen was named Willow Creek’s interim lead pastor. Until someone finds out about Trixie down at the local strip club.

New waves of sex abuse scandals continue to plague Catholic Church

August 13, 2018

 

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With revelation after revelation, a new wave of sexual abuse scandals is rocking the Roman Catholic Church and presenting Pope Francis with the greatest crisis of his papacy.

In Chile, prosecutors have raided church offices, seized documents and accused leaders of a coverup. In Australia, top church figures are facing detention and trials. And in the United States, after the resignation of a cardinal, questions are swirling about a hierarchy that looked the other way and protected him for years.

The church has had more than three decades – since notable abuse cases first became public – to safeguard victims, and itself, against such system failures. And, in the past five years, many Catholics have looked to Francis as a figure who could modernize the church and help it regain its credibility.

But Francis’ track record in handling abuse is mixed, something some outsiders attribute to his learning curve or shortcomings and others chalk up to resistance from a notoriously change-averse institution.

Analysts who have studied the church’s response to sexual abuse, and several people who have advised the pope, say the Vatican has been unable to take the dramatic steps that can help an organization get out from under scandals – and avoid their repetition.

“Each new report of clerical abuse at any level creates doubt in the minds of many that we are effectively addressing this catastrophe in the Church,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, warned last month. Failure to take action, O’Malley said, “will threaten and endanger the already weakened moral authority of the Church.”

Francis is credited with some meaningful moves. Last month, he accepted the highest-level resignation to date when Theodore McCarrick stepped down from the College of Cardinals. The former archbishop of Washington and longtime church power broker is accused of sexually abusing adults and minors. He faces a church trial in which he could be defrocked entirely.

But the pope has also had notable missteps. During a January trip to South America, he drew widespread criticism by saying he was convinced of the innocence of Bishop Juan Barros, accused of covering up the acts of a notorious abuser.

Francis sought to recover from that episode by sending two investigators to Chile, apologizing for his “serious errors” in handling the crisis and making a reference – unprecedented for a pope – to a “culture of abuse and coverup.” He invited Chilean abuse victims to the Vatican. He also called Chile’s 34 bishops to Rome, where, according to a letter that was leaked to the Chilean media, he accused them of failing to investigate possible crimes and destroying evidence. The bishops offered to step down en masse. So far, Francis has accepted five of those resignations.

Yet the church has struggled with a more comprehensive effort to close the chapter on sexual abuse.

Whereas transparency is typically advised, the church remains quiet about its investigations and disciplinary procedures. It does not release any data on the inquiries it has carried out. A proposed tribunal for judging bishops accused of negligence or coverup was quashed by the Vatican department that was supposed to help implement it. And, rather than being fired and publicly admonished, offending church leaders are typically allowed to resign without explanation.

“The church doesn’t like removing bishops,” said the Rev. Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest and a senior analyst at the Religion News Service. “Bishops are vicars of Christ in their diocese. They’re not just McDonald’s franchise owners or local managers that can be fired by the CEO. And the church has always been reluctant to give in to political pressure to remove them.”

Francis has called on churches to maintain a “zero tolerance” policy and warned about the “sin of covering up and denial, the sin of the abuse of power.” But the Vatican declined to distribute to bishops conferences suggested guidelines, drawn up by the commission advising Francis on sexual abuse, for how to respond to abuse complaints and cooperate with civil authorities.

Even when the Vatican does take action, resolution comes “at a very glacial pace,” said Juan Carlos Cruz, who was among the Chilean abuse victims who met for several days with Francis this past spring.

Cruz said he tried to tell the pope bluntly that a deeper shake-up was still needed. He specifically mentioned Francisco Javier Errazuriz, a member of the pope’s powerful nine-member advisory Council of Cardinals, who victims have long said ignored their abuse accusations and tried to discredit them. Errazuriz has denied wrongdoing.

“[The pope] asked us to give him time to act,” Cruz recalled. “He said, ‘I have to pray about this and let the Holy Spirit guide me on what I have to do.’ ”

Meanwhile, in the wider world, the cultural ground is shifting, and other forces are taking the lead on accountability.

A separate movement fighting abuse and harassment in the workplace has helped spread awareness about victims while diminishing skepticism about their stories.

At the same time, law enforcement agencies have been pursuing abuse cases in countries that once treated the church with deference. In Australia, some state and territory governments are even going after one of the church’s most sacred tenets, and are on the verge of enforcing new laws requiring priests to report child abuse that they learn of during confessions. In the United States, the Catholic Church is bracing for the release of a 900-page grand jury report into sex crimes across six dioceses in Pennsylvania.

There have been competing calls within the American church for how to strengthen oversight of the hierarchy. Church leaders in Albany and Atlanta took the notable step of suggesting the involvement of expert laypeople, either to investigate or chart reforms.

“I think we have reached a point where bishops alone investigating bishops is not the answer,” said Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. “We bishops want to rise to this challenge, which may well be our last opportunity considering all that has happened.”

A similar conversation, about how to strengthen the response to abuse, has played out for several years in the Vatican – particularly within the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which Francis created a year after he became pope. But little has come of the commission’s ideas.

In 2015, Francis approved its proposal of a tribunal, placed within the Vatican’s powerful doctrine office, that would assess cases of bishops accused of concealing or neglecting abuse. The tribunal, though, was never created. Four former members of the commission, as well as outside analysts, say the idea was thwarted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Some outside analysts say the objection could have been on legal or logistical grounds.

In an interview published last year with the Corriere della Sera, Cardinal Gerhard Muller, then the head of the doctrine office, said the Vatican already had the “tools and legal means” to handle cases. Vatican watcher Marco Politi said congregation members and others in the Vatican hierarchy were also concerned about opening a “Pandora’s box.”

“This would mean hundreds of cases that would then bounce back to Rome with a huge media impact,” said Politi, author “Pope Francis Among the Wolves,” a papal biography. “It would signify the beginning of hunting season on culprits.”

In turn, Francis used another method to bolster accountability of the church hierarchy, issuing an apostolic letter that made it clear that bishops could be removed from office for negligently handling sexual abuse. But under the current system, any of five different Vatican congregations can be involved in investigating bishops, depending on the accused person’s role and affiliation within the church, and also on whether he has been accused of coverup or abuse. Coverup cases are handled by the same congregations that help to appoint bishops.

“It’s a potential conflict of interest,” said Davide Cito, a canon lawyer at Rome’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. “That’s absolutely an issue.”

The stalled effort to launch the tribunal prompted the resignation from the commission of Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor. Current and former members of the commission said that they are not given data and information on abuse-related cases being handled by the Vatican. Krysten Winter-Green, a former commission member who was a longtime counselor for abuse victims, said they were up against a “domain of secrecy.”

“The crime in the Catholic Church remains causing scandal, not covering up,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of the site BishopAccountability.org, which tracks sexual abuse cases. “Bishops all over the world are not being forthcoming.”

The Crumbling Church In Europe

August  10, 2018

 

Visual tributes to the demise of religion in Europe –

 

Decaying: This abandoned Church in Italy contains a pile of bricks and rubble on the floor. Photographer Roman Robroek aimed to capture the beauty in abandoned religious buildings and believes each place tells their own story

 

Eerie: Another abandoned church in Italy contained piles of wood and plants growing from the floor. The photographer said: 'Chapels and churches are among my favourite abandoned places to visit because of their secrecy'

 

Overgrown: This Italian church has been unloved for so long that there is a range of plants, weeds and trees covering the floor and walls.

 

Crumbling: This Belgian church is in desperate need of a lick of paint. A March 2018 report titled Europe's Young Adults and Religion by Professor Stephen Bullivant at St Mary's University in London found that a majority of young people in a dozen countries do not follow a religion

 

Devastation: This Italian church has bricks and cracked wood strewn around the building. The survey of 16- to 29-year-olds found the Czech Republic is the least religious country in Europe, with 91 per cent of that age group saying they have no religious affiliation

 

Empty: It appears this Italian church has not been visited for many years and the pews rot into the ground. Between 70 per cent and 80 per cent of young adults in Estonia, Sweden and the Netherlands also categorise themselves as non-religious

 

 

 

 

South Carolina is abandoning its churches

August 10. 2018

 

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South Carolina churches are shedding thousands of members a year, even as the state’s population grows by tens of thousands.
In the place we call the Bible Belt, where generations have hung their hats on their church-going nature and faithful traditions, an increasing trend of shrinking church attendance — and increasing church closings — signals a fundamental culture shift in South Carolina.

At least 97 Protestant churches across South Carolina have closed since 2011, according to data from the Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist and Southern Baptist denominations. An untold number of other closings, certainly, are not captured by these statistics.

Many churches are dying slow deaths, stuck in stagnation if not decline. And if they don’t do something, anything, in their near future, they’ll share the fate of Cedar Creek United Methodist, a 274-year-old Richland County congregation that dissolved last year; Resurrection Lutheran, a church near downtown Columbia that will hold its last service on Sept. 2; and the dozens of churches that sit shuttered and empty around the state.

At the same time, some churches are growing, and some growing quickly. But they might not look much like the churches your grandparents (and their grandparents, and so on) were raised in. From meeting in unconventional places to tweaking their traditions, many churches are adapting, offering something different that many people thought the church couldn’t do for them.

 

Good.

Parents Charged With First Degree Child Abuse And Murder In Religious Death Of Baby Daughter

August 10, 2018

 

Seth Welch and his wife, Tatiana Fusari, remain in jail without bond.

Seth Welch and  Tatiana Fusari killed their child by criminal neglect

 

A Michigan couple who told cops they declined to get medical help for their sick baby partly over “religious reasons” are now facing charges of felony murder and first-degree child abuse for the child’s death.
Seth Welch’s jaw dropped open during his arraignment in Kent County on Monday, as a judge informed him that the charges carried a potential life sentence. Beside him, his wife, Tatiana Fusari, wept openly.
The Christian couple’s 10-month-old daughter, Mary Welch, was found dead in her crib in the couple’s Solon Township home on Aug. 2. The police officer who responded to Welch’s emergency call noted in his report that Mary’s cheeks and eyes were “sunken into her head,” according to local ABC affiliate WZZM.
An autopsy later determined that the child died from malnutrition and dehydration “due to neglect by adult care givers,” a press release from the Kent County Sherriff’s Office states. The sheriff’s office ruled the death a homicide, and the parents were arrested on Aug. 3. The couple, both 27 years old, remain in jail without bond.
The judge ordered them not to have any contact with their other children ― a 2-year-old and 4-year-old who are staying with Welch’s parents.
During an interview with Kent County detectives, Fusari said the parents had noticed a change in their daughter’s physical appearance at least one month before her death, according to a police affidavit obtained by NBC affiliate WOOD-TV. Although the child appeared underweight, Fusari told the detectives she did not reach out for medical help for “fear of having her children removed by Child Protective Services, lack of faith and trust in the medical services and religious reasons,” the affidavit states.
The father, Seth Welch, appears to have railed against vaccines, doctors and the health care industry on his Facebook page. In a live video recorded three months ago on a page bearing his name, a man who looks like him says he hasn’t vaccinated his children. He says his children aren’t “allergic to anything” and “basically don’t get sick.”
“The righteous shall live by faith,” the man says in the video, quoting a Bible verse. “It’s God who is sovereign over disease and those sorts of things and ultimately death. So it doesn’t worry me.”
He says later in the video that he doesn’t think people can be good doctors if they don’t believe in creationism. 
So, how’s that working out for your kids, you moron?
“I’m not opposed to medicine or doctors, I’m opposed to bad medicine and doctors that are just aren’t really doctors, they’re just priesthoods of the medical cult,” he says.
Police have not yet confirmed that the Facebook account belongs to Welch, though the page does include a post from Aug. 2 noting the death of his daughter Mary.
It’s unclear whether the pair have secured lawyers. The couple’s next court date is Aug. 20.

 

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