Archive for March, 2017
… child rape. Didn’t see that one coming, did you?
March 28, 2017
A priest who spoke against child abuse was arrested in Kerala for alleged rape of a minor which led to her pregnancy, police said on Tuesday.
The 17-year-old gave birth to a baby at a private hospital last month and the accused had shifted both the mother and the newborn to an orphanage in north Kerala’s Wayanad to hush up the incident.
Father Robin Vaddakumchiryil (48), the vicar of St Sebastian church in Kottiyoor, was arrested after the girl narrated the incident to officials of childline, a telephone helpline for children in distress. Childline officials then tipped off police.
The church official had allegedly abused the girl at the computer class provided by the church, police said.
A spokesperson of the Thalasserry diocese said the priest has been taken out of all religious duties.
Police said a DNA test will be held on the priest to ascertain to strengthen the case against him. Police have also booked the private hospital, where she delivered a baby, for not informing police.
“The priest also made an attempt to implicate the girl’s father in the case. Since the family is from an economically weaker section he tried to implicate him and told many about this,” said deputy superintendent of police Prajeesh, who uses only his first name. The priest was planning to travel to Canada to evade arrest, he said.
James Rankin, of Hurst, Texas collects child porn to remind himself how bad it is. Right.
March 28, 2017
A Texas pastor is claiming that child pornography images allegedly found on his computer were “to remind himself of what other people like to look at,” according to an affidavit for a search warrant.
Local police disagree.
“That explanation did not really pan out for us,” police Sgt. Lonnie Brazzel told The Huffington Post.
Authorities on Friday seized computers, digital storage devices and cameras belonging to 78-year-old James Rankin, of Hurst, Texas.
Rankin was arrested after employees at a Best Buy alerted police to suspected child pornography allegedly found Thursday on an Apple iMac that Hurst brought in for repair. When investigators examined the computer, they allegedly found about 50 images of nude children, some of which they described as having a “‘home-made’ quality.”
Rankin told police he’d discovered the images seven or eight years ago “and saved these images because he had researched a possible lesson involving Cupid, love, and human trafficking,” according to the search affidavit.
However, authorities say some of the images have dates as recent as February associated with them.
“This is now a matter of whether this a downloaded collection or photos he’s taken,” Brazzel said.
A forensic analysis of the images is pending.
At the time of his arrest, Rankin told police he was an associate pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Hurst. A now-defunct page on the church’s website states that Rankin is a married father of two who served in churches in Tennessee, Fort Worth and Amarillo. He also served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army.
The church did not respond to a request for comment.
Rankin also allegedly said the photos served as a reminder of “how bad human trafficking is.” However, it appears his concern didn’t motivate him to take any further action. Court documents do not indicate that Rankin ever notified authorities or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of the existence of the alleged child porn images, or the website from which he allegedly downloaded them.
Rankin, who faces a charge of possession of child pornography, is jailed in lieu of $5,000 bond. The forensic analysis of the alleged evidence is expected to take five to six weeks, Brazzel said.
March 22, 2017
A Middletown woman was arrested after police said she severely assaulted her daughter and kicked her out of her house because the girl incorrectly recited Bible verses to her last week.
Police filed child endangerment charges against Rhonda Kemp Shoffner, 41, of the first block of Genesis Court, following the incident on March 14.
The victim, who is under the age of 13, told police the assault occurred just after she awoke from a nap in her mother’s home about 3 p.m.
Shoffner, who the victim said had been drunk for three days straight, told her daughter to call multiple family members, police said. When they didn’t answer the calls, police said, Shoffner ordered her daughter to get on her knees in the bathroom.
Her daughter knew that meant Shoffner was going to beat her, police said. The victim was scared and pleaded with her mother, according to police in the charging documents.
Police said the victim told her mother, “please don’t hit me. I don’t want to get on my knees.”
Shoffner became enraged and yelled at the victim, telling her “to get on her “fucking knees,” police said.
The girl complied, and Shoffner began quoting Bible verses, expecting the victim to repeat the lines verbatim, according to police.
Shoffner asked her daughter, “What did God tell the man to do with his son?”
When the girl said she did not know, her mother said, “God told the man to kill his son.”
Instead, the victim said, “God said to forgive his son,” and Shoffner grabbed her by the hair and slammed her head into the wall, police said.
Each time the girl incorrectly recited a verse or gave her mother a wrong answer, Shoffner slammed her head into the wall, police said. Shoffner slammed her daughter’s head into the bathroom drywall at least five times, according to police.
The victim tried to use her hands to defend herself, but Shoffner’s kicks connected at least two times, police said. The girl repeatedly begged her mother to stop, but after her mother told her to lie on her back, she complied, police said.
That’s when Shoffner said, “I’m gonna kill you, bitch,” police said, and she started to strangle her daughter and cut off her airway.
The girl feared for her life and tried to fight Shoffner off, according to police. Shoffner bit the girl’s left forearm and then dug her teeth into her left shoulder, police said.
The victim continued to fight her mother off until Shoffner said, “just leave and don’t ever come back.”
The girl grabbed a phone, a coat, sneakers and fled down the street. She called her father, who drove her to the police station.
Police filed charges of aggravated assault against a child, strangulation and terroristic threats.
This wasn’t Shoffner’s first brush with the law this year.
Police responded to an active domestic dispute at Shoffner’s home after neighbors reported hearing arguing and banging there on Feb. 10.
No one answered the door when they knocked, according to charging documents, but after an officer began pounding on the door, announcing “Middletown police, open the door,” officers heard a second-floor window open above.
Shoffner, who was half-naked, leaned out the window and screamed obscenities at the responding officers as she told them to get off of her property, police said.
She then gave the officers the middle finger and told them that if they came through her front door, she “got something for us,” police said.
An officer from a neighboring municipality arrived to assist and they learned there was no reported victim at the scene, police said. Before they left, they told Shoffner they were going to report her to “housing” and that charges would be filed against her for her actions.
Police said she responded with another middle finger and said, “Fuck you.”
Following the incident, police filed charges of open lewdness and disorderly conduct against Shoffner.
Shoffner’s preliminary hearings on both sets of charges are scheduled before District Judge David Judy on March 29.
Lance Wallnau, crazy as a shithouse rat
March 22, 2017
Have a gay friend you want to convert to the heterosexual life? Let them eat cake. Anointed cake, that is. Now available in chocolate, vanilla and bullshit. Oh, they are all out of chocolate and vanilla.
Check next week’s Dogpatch Sentinel to find out where to purchase apple tarts that will keep your spouse faithful.
Lance Wallnau, of West Dogpatch, Tennessee, was answering a question via a Periscope session from a viewer who wanted to stop her son from being gay, according to a video that Right Wing Watch posted online.
In response, he shared the story of “hookers” who got “saved” and wanted to help a bar owner “who was gay and very adamantly anti-Christian.”
So they baked him a cake and prayed over it, he said.
“It was an anointed cake,” Wallnau said. “The power of God hit him while he was eating the cake.”
Wallnau claimed the bar owner felt “the presence of God” while eating the cake and underwent some kind of transformation and was eventually baptized.
“The spirit that was working him got broken off,” he said. “I’m telling you, it’s a story.”
He’s not sure if a magical cake will “save” others, he added. He also did not mention the flavor of the cake.
Wallnau has made several bizarre claims before, including a belief that the media uses “mind control and witchcraft” to increase opposition to Trump, and that the Women’s March in January and other protests is the work of “the people of the devil.”
March 17, 2017
Because, you know, demons and devils and bears (oh my!).
Pope Francis on Friday advised priests who hear troubled confessions from parishioners to not hesitate to call on the services of an exorcist.
A good confessor has to be very discerning, particularly when he has to deal with “real spiritual disorders,” the 80-year-old pontiff told priests at a Vatican training seminar on the art of hearing believers recount their sins.
Disorders could have their roots in all manner of circumstances, including supernatural ones, he suggested.
In such circumstances the confessor “must not hesitate to refer to exorcists… chosen with great care and prudence.”
It is not the first time the pope has talked about exorcising demons from a believer’s person, and he generally refers more frequently than his predecessors to the devil, characterising him as a physical presence in this world.
Francis has described jihadists who stabbed a French priest to death as satanic and the acts of priests who sexually abuse children as akin to participating in a satanic mass.
Vatican universities also regularly hold training courses for would-be exorcists despite the practice being frowned upon by some Church intellectuals. Yeah, those with an IQ over room temperature.
A youth pastor in Florida was arrested Tuesday in connection with the murder and dismembering of a 16-year-old boy in 1994, as FBI investigators reportedly scoured through two properties he owned.
Ronnie Leon Hyde, 60, was held without bond on murder charges at the Duval County jail. Crews used a backhoe to dig for evidence at his Jacksonville Beach home.
In June of 1994, investigators found a man’s torso — without a head, hands or legs — behind a Lake City gas station. It wasn’t until 2015 that DNA tests identified the victim as 16-year-old Fred Laster.
Laster’s family had reported him missing in 1994. His sister told police her brother was last seen with Hyde — a youth pastor and family friend.
The sister also said she and a sibling had stayed the night at Hyde’s home the previous year, WJXT reported.
The investigators laid out boxes of possible evidence on blue tarps in the street outside. Hyde is also a mental health counselor, WJXT added. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.
March 10, 2017
Lurid accusations of priests involved in sex orgies, porn videos and prostitution have emerged from several parishes in Italy recently, sending shock waves all the way to the Vatican and challenging the high standards that Pope Francis has demanded of clergy.
In the southern city of Naples, for example, a priest was recently suspended from the parish of Santa Maria degli Angeli over claims he held gay orgies and used internet sites to recruit potential partners whom he paid for sex.
The allegations concerning the Rev. Mario D’Orlando were brought to the attention of the diocese when an anonymous letter was sent to a Naples bishop. D’Orlando denied the charges when he was summoned by the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, but is now facing a formal inquiry conducted by local church officials.
“He has been removed from his position while the investigation is underway,” a spokesman for the cardinal told Religion News Service. “I have no further comment.”
In the northern city of Padua, a 48-year-old priest, the Rev. Andrea Contin, is facing defrocking as well as judicial proceedings amid accusations he had up to 30 lovers, some of whom he took to a swingers’ resort in France.
Contin was removed from his parish of San Lazzaro after three women came forward with complaints against him last December. Bishop Claudio Cipolla of Padua cut short a visit to Latin America to deal with the scandal.
“I am incredulous and pained by the accusations,” Cipolla told a news conference last month. “This is unacceptable behavior for a priest, a Christian and even for a man.”
One woman, who claims to have been Contin’s lover for more than three years, claimed the priest carried sex toys and bondage equipment, prostituted his lovers on wife-swapping websites and also invited other priests from the area to sex parties.
“Even if, at the end of this affair, there are no legal consequences, we have a duty by canon law to take disciplinary action,” said Cipolla.
He also revealed Pope Francis had telephoned him personally at the end of January to offer his support and urge him to stay “strong.”
Since his election the pope has taken a tough line on ethical behavior in the church though he has also recognized the reality of human imperfection and personal flaws.
Which is why the pope is currently working to reduce the punishments for the sex offences of priests. No hypocrisy here. Nope.
In recent weeks he has spoken out many times against “temptation,” and last week he told a gathering of clergy at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome that faith could not progress without the challenge of temptation.
“Temptation is always present in our lives. Moreover, without temptation you cannot progress in faith,” he said.
Alberto Melloni, professor of church history at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, said there is nothing unusual about scandals in the priesthood.
“There is no sin that a cleric doesn’t commit. Scandals to me seem quite normal,” he told RNS.
“And I think the illusion of stopping scandals through better selection of personnel is not very promising and has not yielded great results. ”
Francis has frequently called for a more rigorous screening process for seminarians, and he has taken direct action when scandals erupt in Italy.
A case in point: When reports of “playboy priests” surfaced in the Italian diocese of Albenga-Imperia in the northern region of Liguria in late 2014, the pope sent a special envoy to investigate claims that clerics had posted nude photos of themselves on gay websites, sexually harassed the faithful and stolen church funds.
Two years later the pope replaced the leader of the diocese, Bishop Mario Oliveri.
Austen Ivereigh, commentator and author of “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope,” said the pope distinguished between sinfulness and corruption and was intent on “rooting out” corruption inside the church.
“The remedy for those who succumb to temptation is forgiveness and a fresh start,” Ivereigh told RNS.
Yeah, in a new parish with a fresh batch of sex partners and child victims.
March 1, 2017
MANAGUA: A 25-year-old woman died Tuesday after being tied up and thrown on a flaming pyre in Nicaragua in what authorities said was suspected to be a deadly exorcism ritual.
Vilma Trujillo succumbed in hospital to the horrific burns inflicted on her a week ago by neighbors in her remote community who believed she was possessed by a demon, Nicaragua´s first lady and vice president, Rosario Murillo, told state media.
The crime, which took place February 22 in the northeastern village of El Cortezal, was “deplorable and to be condemned,” Murillo said. According to information given by family and feminist groups to Nicaraguan media, Trujillo was grabbed by a man named Juan Rocha passing himself off as a pastor in an evangelical group called the Church of the Assembly of God.
Rocha and other people tied up Trujillo and threw her naked onto a heap of flaming logs. Relatives rescued her hours later, her body severely burned. Rocha, arrested by police, insisted the woman was “possessed,” but he denied burning her. He claimed she had been held aloft by the supposed demonic spirit that then fell into the flames.
The head of the Church of the Assembly of God, Rafael Arista, denied in a television interview that Rocha was part of his congregation or that his group had anything to do with the crime.
Trujillo´s husband, Reynaldo Peralta, told La Prensa newspaper that “my wife was not possessed” and accused the attackers of practicing witchcraft. He said he was away from home when she was burned.
Murillo vowed that those responsible would be prosecuted for murder. “Something like this cannot happen again,” she said.
Isn’t religion wonderful?