Archive for May, 2018

When Too Much Is Not Enough – Greed And Televangelism

May 31, 2018


The prosperity gospel, but no prosperity for the flock Jesse Duplantis is fleecing.

A prosperity gospel televangelist from Louisiana says Jesus has asked him to buy a new private jet. And wouldn’t you know it, Jesus has real nice taste in planes.

Jesse Duplantis, leader of Jesse Duplantis Ministries and the owner of three other private jets, is asking his followers to chip in so his ministry can purchase a brand new Dassault Falcon 7X, which runs about $54 million.

In a video recently published on his website, Duplantis says the planes get him closer to the Lord — both literally and figuratively — and he had a divine conversation in which Jesus asked for the new aircraft by name.
“It was one of the greatest statements the Lord ever told me, he said, ‘Jesse do you want to come up where I’m at?'” the minister says. “‘I want you to bleed me for a Falcon 7X.'”

By “bleed,” Duplantis — er, Jesus — apparently meant “ask for donations.”

Duplantis goes on to tell his followers that jets, especially nice ones with good fuel efficiency, allow him and his ministries to reach more people around the world. And no, it wouldn’t technically be his, it would be the ministry’s.
“All it’s gonna do is it’s going to touch people, it’s going to reach people, it’s going to change lives one soul at a time,” Duplantis said of the aircraft.

“I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey,” he added with a chuckle.
In the video, Duplantis also shows his followers a photo of him standing beside his other three jets: a Cessna Citation 500, an IAI Westwind II, and a Dassault Falcon 50. Under the portrait is a quote, which he proudly reiterates: “It’s not about possessions, it’s about priorities.”

Catholic Diocese Banned A Valedictorian’s Speech, So The Teen Found A Megaphone

May 30, 2018


The Catholic Church has never been a big fan of freedom of speech.


A Roman Catholic diocese in Kentucky reportedly banned a Catholic high school valedictorian from giving a speech it deemed too political ― so the teen decided to use a more unconventional way to speak out.

Christian Bales, a valedictorian of Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, used a megaphone outside the school’s graduation venue Friday to deliver a prepared speech to a crowd of supporters.

“The young people will win because we’re finished being complacent,” Bales said during the speech on the lawn of the Connor Convocation Center at Thomas More College. “There’s a misguided notion that wisdom is directly proportional to age, but we’re disproving that daily. Sometimes the wisest are the youngest in our lives, the ones who haven’t yet been desensitized to the atrocities of our world. Therefore, we young people must be the educators.”

“The young people must be willing to speak candidly about issues, and we mustn’t tremble in the face of the institutions that try to silence us,” the valedictorian added.

Bales is an openly gay member of Holy Cross High School’s 2018 graduating class, according to WKRC Cincinnati. Bales told the station the school has generally been supportive.

In the speech, the valedictorian referenced several issues that young people at the high school have become vocal about over the past year. Bales talked about how students at Holy Cross were involved in activism around a statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis from the Kentucky State Capitol. The teen mentioned the advocacy of student survivors of the Parkland school shooting. Bales also talked about how some of the Catholic school students participated in a march against abortion rights.


Good for you Mr.Bales. Fuck the Catholic Church. And, oh yeah, fuck the pope.

The Catholic Church Is Losing Its Grip In Ireland

May 25, 2018


DUBLIN — Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church.

The surprising landslide, reflected in the results announced on Saturday, cemented the nation’s liberal shift at a time when right-wing populism is on the rise in Europe and the Trump administration is imposing curbs on abortion rights in the United States. In the past three years alone, Ireland has installed a gay man as prime minister and has voted in another referendum to allow same-sex marriage.

But this was a particularly wrenching issue for Irish voters, even for supporters of the measure. And it was not clear until the end that the momentum toward socially liberal policies would be powerful enough to sweep away deeply ingrained opposition to abortion.

“What we have seen today really is a culmination of a quiet revolution that’s been taking place in Ireland for the past 10 or 20 years,” Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said at a counting center in Dublin before the results of Friday’s vote were released, giving an early indication of the final outcome.

“This has been a great exercise in democracy,” Mr. Varadkar said, “and the people have spoken and the people have said: We want a modern Constitution for a modern country, and that we trust women and that we respect them to make the right decisions and the right choices about their own health care.”

The “yes” camp took more than 66 percent of the vote, according to the official tally, and turnout was about 64 percent.

the very darkest part of the forest

“Come now, my child, if I were planning to harm you, do you think I’d be lurking here beside the path in the very darkest part of the forest?”
~~ Kenneth Patchen ~~


Swiss arrest Catholic priest for rape

May 21, 2018


BERLIN (AP) — Swiss authorities say they have arrested a Catholic priest under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct that was brought to their attention by church leaders.

Maurus Eckert, a spokesman for canton (state) prosecutors in Graubuenden, said Thursday that the priest was taken into custody amid an ongoing investigation of alleged sexual abuse of an adult victim. He declined to provide any further details.

The Chur diocese, in eastern Switzerland, said in a statement on its website that it had itself filed a complaint against the priest, who was an administrator based in Tujetsch.


Priest arrested in Wisconsin after being accused of abusing altar boy ‘at least 100 times’


May 20, 2018

William Nolan, child predator



A retired priest from the Diocese of Madison in Wisconsin, was charged with six counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child after an altar boy who served with him told police he was abused by the cleric at least 100 times between 2006 and 2010.

Fort Atkinson Police Chief Adrian Bump announced the arrest of Father William Nolan, 64, during a press conference on Thursday.

The accuser, who is now 25, came forward in April, and said the abuse took place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson when he was 13.

He said the abuse took place in the church office, Nolan’s residence, the altar boy room at the church, at a park, and on a ski trip.

Nolan retired from full-time ministry in the diocese in 2007, at his request. The diocese said his last assignment was as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, where the alleged abuse took place.

He was reported to be in residence at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Madison at the time of his arrest.

The diocese also said Nolan was being put on administrative leave, which “includes a total exclusion from any exercise of priestly ministry while the matter is pending.”

Bump said more charges could be filed against the priest.

“This is a delay report of almost 13 years. Based off our interaction and working closely with the victim it was identified that a concern that there may be other kids out there that were assaulted and that resulted in motivating the complainant to come forward,” the police chief said.

The Diocese of Madison began its own canonical process of investigating these allegations, and the diocesan Sexual Abuse Review Board was also engaged in the case.

The diocesan statement said the accusations against Nolan were made directly to the civil authorities in Fort Atkinson, and the diocese was only informed after the priest’s arrest was set in motion.

“We will cooperate fully with those investigating the allegations and desire to allow the legal process to run its course. We appeal to all to cooperate and respect the legal proceedings and for prayers for all affected by these very serious charges,” the statement said.

Nolan appeared in court on Thursday through a video-link, and was freed on a $50,000 signature bond. The priest was told he could not leave Wisconsin, could not have contact with any children, and could not contact the alleged victim.

We here are think that all  clergy of every religion and denomination should be banned from contact with children. If adults want to participate in this madness, fine, but spare the children.

A preliminary hearing in the case will be held on June 5.

Faith Based Sexual Abuse By Three Maryland Church Leaders

May 24, 2018


These three church leaders sexually abused at risk young girls they were supposed to be helping.


Police in Maryland have charged three church leaders with sexually abusing four teenage girls over a decade ago who were enrolled in a faith-based program meant to help at-risk youth.

Prince George’s County detectives have identified the suspects on Wednesday as Oxon Hill Assembly of Jesus Christ head pastor Joshua Wright, his son and church minister William Wright, and the elder Wright’s son-in-law and church member Donald Jackson. All three men have been charged with child abuse and various other sex offenses.

The men allegedly abused the teens between 2001 and 2008, when the victims were between 15 and 18 years old. The women took their stories of abuse to police as adults.


The victims were placed under the suspects’ care as part of a church-run program called Children Having Overcoming Power (CHOP) that dissolved in 2011. It was designed to provide troubled teens with safe living accommodations in church members’ houses.

The police report alleges that the suspects abused the victims in different locations, including the suspects’ homes, various parks and the church itself.

Oxon Hill Assembly of Jesus Christ and Joshua Wright’s lawyer did not respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment. William Wright’s lawyer, Tom Mooney, declined to comment. The District Court of Maryland’s website has not yet listed a lawyer for Jackson.

Jackson is a United States Capitol Police officer. The USCP told HuffPost that the department has placed him on “non-duty status.”


Woman Recalls Being A Sex Slave To ‘Children of God’ At 11 Years Old

May 12, 2018



One survivor of a sick child sex cult claiming to campaign for Christianity opened up about her harrowing past as victim of the religious society that once recruited kids for threesomes with married couples and other corrupt activities.

Christina Babin’s childhood had been stripped from her at the early age of 11, when she was forcefully recruited into the Children of God – a sect established by minister David Brandt Berg in the late 1960’s.


David Brandt Berg, Christian cult leader


‘We were told that sex was a good thing and that we should enjoy it,’ Babin revealed to be one of the disturbing things she was taught as a child, while speaking to the Mirror.

‘I was so confused as to why I didn’t enjoy what happened. I couldn’t ­understand why it hadn’t been the amazing thing I was told it would be.’

Babin’s mother was convinced into joining the hippie evangelist cult that several other families were apart of and appeared honorable to outsiders.

Babin revealed she had been sent to different countries during her time in the group – from Jamaica to Japan and the Philippines – where she lived in communes and endured unimaginable abuse of all kinds.

She was forced to take on adult-like responsibilities such as caring for other kids and waking up in the early hours of the morning to work and recite morning prayer.

Babin revealed sex attacks would occur on the regular and bedtime stories were terrifying ‘tales of an oncoming ­apocalypse.’

Babin told the Mirror she got so nervous that she wet the bed but had to hide any evidence of it for fear of being beaten by one of the adult members.

The group, which has since been renamed The Family International and currently works with kids in many as 80 countries, was formerly a society that promoted child labor, rape, exorcisms and horrific physical, mental and emotional abuse.

The Children of God blended free love attitudes with preparing for the second coming of Jesus. It had been named Flirty Fishing in 1974 as way to recruit members through sexual attraction.

Babin, now age 42 and a mother-of-four, revealed heartbreaking details about the detrimental chapter of her life she said will forever haunt her.

They were banned from going outdoors most days, she said, and convinced into  thinking their lifestyle was holier than those not apart of the cult.

Babin recalled when first entering in the Manila camp at age 15: ‘I was taken into solitary confinement and asked about any worldly thoughts I’d had.

‘I admitted that I’d listened to music when out begging and owned a leather jacket. They admonished me and burned the jacket.’

During her time in the group, she admits she was raped by the adults and ordered not to smile.

‘One of the guards, who called ­herself Mary Malaysia and later Aunty Joan, was vicious. If you so much as smiled she’d beat you,’ she said.

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San Diego priest sentenced to 10 years probation for seducing woman seeking spiritual help

May 8, 2018


Jacob Bertrand described the sex as “the second holiest sacrifice next to Jesus and Mary on Calvary.” Right.


A chance encounter in Rome led a Minnesota woman to seek spiritual solace from a San Diegan studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood, Jacob Bertrand.

She received his prayers — and a sexual relationship that Bertrand later described as “the second holiest sacrifice next to Jesus and Mary on Calvary.”

In a Minnesota courtroom Monday, Bertrand was sentenced to 10 years probation and a $1,000 fine for criminal sexual conduct. He was also ordered to complete an assessment as a sex offender and then undergo any recommended therapy.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Bertrand would face up to four years imprisonment if he violates the terms of his probation.

“The plea agreement in this case was entered into after considerable discussions with the victim and upon receiving her consent,” said the prosecutor, Dakota County Attorney James C. Backstrom. “We are pleased that Mr. Bertrand has been held accountable for his actions.”

Bertrand, now 35, was ordained a priest in 2010. During a private Mass celebrated in a Minnesota home later that year, he had sex with a woman he had met while studying in Rome.

She complained to church officials in Minnesota in 2012 and 2014, the latter complaint being forwarded to the San Diego diocese. In April 2016, she went to the police and made a criminal complaint.

Bertrand was indicted in Minnesota in October 2016. This January, he pled guilty to the single charge of criminal sexual conduct.

For the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, Bertrand served in four parishes: St. Rose of Lima in Chula Vista (2010-2013), Santa Sophia in Spring Valley (2013-2015) and St. Vincent de Paul in Mission Hills and St. John the Evangelist in Hillcrest, (both 2015-2016).

He also gave talks to college students at San Diego State University’s Newman Center.

In August 2016, he took a leave of absence.

“Father Jacob is not expected to return to active ministry,” Kevin Eckery, a diocesan spokesman, said Monday.

Bertrand faced maximum penalties of 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.



Televangelist Jim Bakker is selling Missouri cabins as the safest spot for the Apocalypse

May 7, 2018


Jim Bakker, consummate con man


Jim Bakker has hit an ethical rock bottom. We didn’t think he could go any lower than his potato soup scam, but behold! he has has sunk to new depths.

Televangelist Jim Bakker suggests that if you want to survive the end of days, the best thing you could do is buy one of his cabins in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. And while you’re at it, be sure to pick up six 28-ounce “Extreme Survival Warfare” water bottles for $150.

Bakker, 78, made comments promoting his Morningside church community alongside his co-host and wife, Lori, on an episode of “The Jim Bakker Show,” which aired Tuesday. The show is filmed there, near Branson.

Bakker was known for hosting the evangelical Christian TV program “The PTL Club” in the ’70s and ’80s — up until 1987, when his empire came crashing down amid a sex scandal and charges of fraud.

Jessica Hahn told The Charlotte Observer last December that Bakker had manipulated her into having sex in a hotel room in 1980, back when she was a church secretary. At the time, Bakker was married to Tammy Faye.


Catholic priest is among those facing charges after albino is murdered and chopped into pieces

May 3, 2018



The dismembered corpse of McDonald Masambuka, 22, was found buried in southern Malawi several weeks after he went missing in March.

He is the 22nd albino person to be murdered in the southern African nation in four years, sparking calls for their killers to be executed to deter further attacks.

Malawi is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for people with albinism, a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes, because their body parts are used in magical potions and other ritual practices.

As well as a Catholic priest, a police and medical officer are among the 11 people facing charges of conspiracy and murder, police spokesman James Kadadzera said.

Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s highest ranking Catholic, to stand trial on sex offence charge

May 2, 2018



Cardinal George Pell will stand trial over one historical sex offence charge.

Melbourne magistrate Belinda Wallington on Tuesday found there is evidence of sufficient weight on one of multiple charges against Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric for him to stand trial.

Several other charges against the 76-year-old were struck out.

Pell has strenuously denied all charges, and Tuesday’s committal comes after a four-week-long hearing to determine whether the allegations would go to trial in the County Court.

Pell, who took leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to fight the charges, was in court to hear the decision.

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