Archive for January, 2019
January 30, 2019
Hermann Geissler, hitting on nuns as priests are apt to do
Ironic twist – Hermann Geissler worked in the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation, which handles discipline for sexual abuse cases.
A top Vatican official has quit his post in the Roman Catholic Church two months after a former nun publicly accused him of sexual harassment.
Hermann Geissler resigned as the chief of staff for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the pope’s office announced Tuesday in a news release. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith includes the Vatican’s discipline office, which also handles sexual abuse cases within the church.
Geissler maintained that the accusation against him was “untrue” but resigned to “limit the damage already done to the Congregation and to his Community,” according to the Vatican.
Geissler reportedly once admitted to the harassment after the nun reported it to the doctrinal congregation, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
Doris Wagner, a former nun originally from Germany, publicly revealed during a November event in Rome highlighting abuse against women that she was sexually harassed by a high-ranking priest in 2009. Wagner did not identify the priest during her speech, but she noted that he was a section head in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Wagner said she reported Geissler to a female superior who said, according to Wagner, “You know, I knew Father has a certain weakness for women, so we kind of have to put up with this.”
She also previously spoke of the alleged harassment to a German news outlet who identified Geissler as “Hermann G.” On Tuesday, Wagner confirmed to Reuters that her allegations were about Geissler.
During the November event, Wagner said a priest tried to kiss and touch her while they were in the confessional. According to Wagner, the priest had told her that he liked her and said he knew that she liked him.
“Even though we couldn’t marry, there would be other ways,” Wagner recalled Geissler as saying.
January 27, 2019
Hugh J. Lang, just another rotten pedophile dressed up as a man of god
Allegheny County police Friday arrested a retired Catholic priest for the alleged assault of a 10-year-old boy in 2001, authorities said.
The Rev. Hugh J. Lang, 88, was a priest at St. Therese in Munhall at the time of the alleged assault, said police Inspector Andrew Schurman.
Schurman said the alleged victim, who he did not identify but lives in another country, saw the media coverage of the statewide grand jury report alleging decades of abuse and cover-ups within six Catholic diocese, including the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Schurman said the individual called the Attorney General’s abuse hotline after seeing the coverage, and the complaint was forwarded first to the Childline program and then to county police.
Lang retired in 2006, and the diocese acknowledged the newfound allegations against him in August, placing him on leave. A diocesan spokesman said at the time it was the first allegation leveled against the clergyman.
The alleged victim told police the abuse happened during alter server training, during which Lang pulled him away from the other boys and took him to a room in the basement of St. Therese, according to the criminal complaint.
He told police Lang called him a troublemaker and told him to take off his clothes, according to the complaint. Lang allegedly took a Polaroid photo and told the victim he would show the photo to others if he didn’t behave.
Police said Lang then allegedly molested the child and forced him to perform a sex act.
Lang is charged with aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with minors, sexual abuse of children, corruption of minors, indecent exposure and two counts of indecent assault.
Schurman said Lang turned himself in to police without incident. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Thomas Torkowsky in Munhall and released on non-monetary bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 30.
“Devout Christian” Nurse Raped And Impregnated An Incapacitated Quadriplegic Comatose Patient Under His Care
January 26, 2019
- Nathan Sutherland, 36, is charged with raping the 29-year-old woman at Hacienda Healthcare Skilled Nursing Facility in Phoenix
- He often looked after her and other patients during the night shift at Hacienda Healthcare
- Police started investigating after the quadriplegic woman, who is also severely mentally disabled, unexpectedly gave birth to a baby boy on December 29
The families of other patients at the Arizona care facility where a mentally disabled quadriplegic woman gave birth after being raped while she was in a coma say the nurse who is accused of assaulting her ‘fooled’ them all and was the last staff member they suspected of carrying out the attack.
Nathan Sutherland was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping the woman, who has not been named, after police matched his DNA to that of the baby.
His lawyer insisted there is ‘no proof’ that he committed the attack despite the police’s claim to have DNA evidence. Of course.
The Phoenix Police Department would not confirm on Thursday if the test they carried out was a paternity test or what the percentage likelihood was that he and the child are related.
They are now appealing for information from the families of other patients amid fears others who were in Sutherland’s care at the Hacienda HealthCare may have been victimized by him.
Sutherland, a devout Christian and father-of-four, was forced to submit his DNA sample under court order on Tuesday and the results showed he was a match to the baby. His Christian music group, Sleeplessouljaz, rapped inspirational messages in churches and concert halls across the Southwest. He sought to start a transitional home for orphans and homeless youth. Probably so he could fuck them.
Just one in ten babies in England is baptised into the Church of England with the numbers even lower in London at three in every hundred
January 26, 2019
Here is more evidence of the decline of the Church of England –
Only one in ten babies is baptised into the Church of England – and in London, the figure is even lower at three in every 100, a national breakdown of the Church’s strength has revealed.
The tiny minority of infants who are introduced to Christianity by the CofE in London is mirrored in other major cities.
In Birmingham, only 5 per cent of babies are christened by the Anglican church; in Bristol it’s 6 per cent; in Manchester 8 per cent; and in Nottingham 9 per cent.
Only one in ten babies is baptised into the Church of England. The figures are particularly low in cities +2
Only one in ten babies is baptised into the Church of England. The figures are particularly low in cities
But the proportion of newborn children who are baptised is much higher in provincial towns and rural areas. In the Hereford diocese, for example, one in four babies is christened by the CofE.
The figures come from an analysis of churchgoing in 2017 in the CofE’s 46 dioceses. It shows that across England an average of 10 per cent of babies under one were baptised – down from 14 per cent in 2007.
Less than 50 people attend Sunday services at a typical English parish church. The figures for the London diocese do not include the capital south of the Thames, which is the Southwark diocese, where 5 per cent of babies under one are baptised into the CofE.
The Reverend Sandra Millar, its head of christenings, weddings and funerals, said: ‘Cities often have more transient populations as well as more religious diversity.’
The Church of England has issued guidance on how churches can welcome transgender people into the Anglican faith with a ‘celebratory’ service for those who have transitioned +2
The Church of England has issued guidance on how churches can welcome transgender people into the Anglican faith with a ‘celebratory’ service for those who have transitioned
January 24, 2019
Thomas P. Ganley, yet another priest who likes to rape very young children
A Roman Catholic priest in Northern New Jersey was arrested and charged this week with multiple counts of child sex abuse dating to the early 1990s, the state attorney general’s office said. It was the first criminal case brought by New Jersey’s Clergy Abuse Task Force, which was formed last year to investigate abuse allegations in the Catholic Church.
Father Thomas P. Ganley, 63, of Phillipsburg, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault in the first degree and two counts of sexual assault in the second degree, the office of Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said in a statement. The office did not reveal the sex of the victim, who it said was between the ages of 14 and 17 at the time.
Father Ganley was assigned to Saint Philip & Saint James Church in Phillipsburg at the time of his arrest, but the attorney general’s office said the abuse occurred between 1990 and 1994 at Saint Cecilia Church in the Iselin section of Woodbridge. Both churches are part of the Diocese of Metuchen.
“Our Clergy Abuse Task Force is diligently pursuing its mission to expose the truth about past wrongs and seek justice for survivors, because no person is above the law and no institution is immune from accountability,” Mr. Grewal said in a statement. “This case illustrates that we are prepared to move swiftly to investigate allegations, and where there are viable criminal charges, to pursue those charges.”
The Rev. James F. Checchio, the bishop of Metuchen, said in a statement that it had never received an accusation of sexual abuse or misconduct related to Father Ganley, who he said also served as a chaplain at St. Luke’s Warren Campus Hospital in Phillipsburg.
Kira Bub, a spokeswoman for St. Luke’s University Health Network, said in a statement that Father Ganley had never been employed as a chaplain at the hospital. Instead, she said he was “one of several religious leaders who when requested by patients was permitted to visit in their room to minister requested services.”
“We have never received a single complaint about him,” she said. “We conducted appropriate background checks and clearances and we were unaware of any criminal offenses or complaints prior to the allegations.”
The bishop said the diocese was in the process of sharing news of the arrest with all parishes and organizations where Father Ganley had previously ministered.
“It’s our understanding the victim just came forward to prosecutors as an adult with an allegation of abuse that occurred while a minor in the early 1990s,” Bishop Checchio said in a statement. If the allegations were proved to be true or if Father Ganley admitted to them, the bishop said, “as per Church protocol, he would then be removed from the priesthood.”
In a letter sent to members of Father Ganley’s parish in Phillipsburg, the Rev. John Barbella, the pastor, said that a statement about the arrest and indictment would be read to parishioners at Masses this weekend. Father Ganley’s name had been removed from the parish website by Friday evening.
“It truly breaks my heart to have to share such news with you,” Father Barbella said in the letter. “Please pray for the victim of this crime, and for the healing of everyone who has been hurt by it.”
The attorney general’s office said Father Ganley was currently being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in New Brunswick. In his statement to the diocese, Bishop Checchio advised anyone with information about the allegations against Father Ganley or any other priest to contact law enforcement and the diocese’s Office of Child and Youth Protection.
“The sexual abuse of a minor is among the most terrible of crimes because it is committed against society’s most innocent and vulnerable,” Bishop Checchio said in his statement. “Incidences of this type truly sicken and sadden me. I am truly sorry to learn of this abuse and the suffering of this victim.”
The attorney general’s office formed the Clergy Abuse Task Force in September 2018 in response to the publication of a 1,350-page Pennsylvania grand jury report that detailed abuse allegations against Roman Catholic priests by more than 1,000 accusers in four of the state’s six dioceses. Its mandate is to investigate claims of abuse in all seven of the Catholic dioceses in New Jersey as well as any efforts to cover up acts of abuse.
Belief is accepting something as true in the absence of supporting evidence. Anecdotal evidence, by the way, is not evidence. People lie and exaggerate all the time.
Whether the belief is in the existence of god, the high quality of Italian restaurants on Pluto, reincarnation or anything else doesn’t matter.
All beliefs are equal.
Take one of your own deeply held beliefs and consider the fact that, no matter what ii is, it is as absurd as believing that mice live on the surface of the sun.
For something to be true it must be observable, predictable and repeatable.
The rise of the sun in the morning, for example, is not subject to belief. You can see it. You can predict its next occurrence and it happens daily. It is observable, predictable and repeatable.
If a premise is not supported by evidence the chain of trustfulness, however elaborate, fails. The Catholic church, for example, has an intricate and a somewhat consistent internal structure, If you accept the major premises most of the structure falls into place. But the founding premises, the existence of god, the magic tricks of Jesus, etc. are not supported by evidence so the entire system collapses.
Don’t criticize the beliefs of others. What people think is unimportant. What they do and say is.
We all have an ethical duty to criticize people when they use those beliefs to harm or promote harming others.
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January 21, 2019
Gustavo Zanchetta, no action by the Vatican for four years on his known sexual crimes
ORAN, Argentina (AP) — The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited “obscene” behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told The Associated Press, undermining Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse were only made a few months ago.
Francis accepted Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta’s resignation in August 2017, after priests in the remote northern Argentine diocese of Oran complained about his authoritarian rule and a former vicar, seminary rector and another prelate provided reports to the Vatican alleging abuses of power, inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment of adult seminarians, said the former vicar, the Rev. Juan Jose Manzano.
The scandal over Zanchetta, 54, is the latest to implicate Francis as he and the Catholic hierarchy as a whole face an unprecedented crisis of confidence over their mishandling of cases of clergy sexual abuse of minors and misconduct with adults. Francis has summoned church leaders to a summit next month to chart the course forward for the universal church, but his own actions in individual cases are increasingly in the spotlight.
The pope’s decision to allow Zanchetta to resign quietly, and then promote him to a new No. 2 position in one of the Vatican’s most sensitive offices, has raised questions again about whether Francis turned a blind eye to the misconduct of his allies or dismissed allegations against them as ideological attacks.
Manzano, Zanchetta’s onetime vicar general, or top deputy, said he was one of the diocesan officials who raised the alarm about his boss in 2015 and sent the digital selfies to the Vatican.
In an interview with AP in the pews of his St. Cayetano parish in Oran, Manzano said he was one of the three current and former diocesan officials who made a second complaint to the Vatican’s embassy in Buenos Aires in May or June of 2017 “when the situation was much more serious, not just because there had been a question about sexual abuses, but because the diocese was increasingly heading into the abyss.”
“In 2015, we just sent a ‘digital support’ with selfie photos of the previous bishop in obscene or out of place behavior that seemed inappropriate and dangerous,” he told AP in a follow-up email. “It was an alarm that we made to the Holy See via some friendly bishops. The nunciature didn’t intervene directly, but the Holy Father summoned Zanchetta and he justified himself saying that his cellphone had been hacked, and that there were people who were out to damage the image of the pope.”
Francis had named Zanchetta to Oran, a humble city some 1,650 kilometers (1,025 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires in Salta province, in 2013 in one of his first Argentine bishop appointments as pope. He knew Zanchetta well; Zanchetta had been the executive undersecretary of the Argentine bishops conference, which the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio headed for two successive terms, from 2005-2011.
And by all indications, they were close. Manzano said Bergoglio had been Zanchetta’s confessor and treated him as a “spiritual son.”
NYC baptist pastor, 44, is charged with raping his 14-year-old daughter continuously over a six year period
January 16, 2019
- Matthew Gibson, 44, has been accused of sexually abusing his daughter, 14
- The abuse allegedly began in 2012, shortly after the death of the victim’s mom
- The victim’s twin brother was present at the church during the repeated abuse
- Gibson’s father is the bishop at the Progressive Baptist Church, in Brooklyn
- The victim’s guardian says she tried to revoke Gibson’s visitation rights before
The pastor of a New York City baptist church has been charged with the sexual abuse and rape of his own young daughter over six years.
Son of the bishop at the Progressive Baptist Church of Brownsville in Brooklyn, Matthew Gibson was arrested on Thursday and accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting his now 14-year-old daughter.
The abuse is alleged to have been taking place on the church’s grounds since 2012, shortly after the victim’s mother died.
‘He should rot in hell,’ said the victim’s grandmother, Josephine Maples. ‘How can a father do this?’
Myia Maples, the victim’s sister-in-law, says the victim confided in her about the abuse last week, blurting it out in a moment of emotion.
Maples and her husband have had full custody of the victim and her twin brother for seven years, with Gibson only having bi-weekly weekend visitation rights.
The victim’s twin brother says he was present at the church when the assaults were taking place, but had no idea what was going on.
‘He would make me play on the drums, and when it was happening, I wouldn’t be nowhere around,’ he said in an interview with NBC New York.
‘I feel like, in the moment, I let my sister down.’
Gibson, 44, was arrested on January 10 and charged with criminal sexual abuse and forcible touching of a female victim, aged between nine and 14.
January 12, 2019
Ram Rahim Singh, murderer and rapist
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January 18, 2019
Ram Rahim Singh has been sentenced to life in prison.
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An Indian court Friday convicted a disgraced but still-powerful religious sect leader of murdering a journalist after he exposed rampant sexual abuses by the guru.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who headed the powerful Dera Sacha Sauda sect with millions of followers worldwide, is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for rape.
The court on Friday found 51-year-old Singh and three of his close aides guilty of killing local newspaper journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati in 2002.
Chhatrapati was shot outside his house after his local newspaper published an anonymous letter describing rampant sexual abuse by Singh at his sprawling and luxurious sect headquarters.
Public prosecutor H.P.S. Verma said sentencing would be pronounced on Thursday. The maximum sentence is the death penalty.
When Singh was convicted in 2017 of raping two of his disciples, his followers went on the rampage leaving nearly 40 people dead.
To avoid a repeat, Friday’s court proceedings were conducted via video link from his jail cell in the northern state of Haryana.
Riot police patrolled outside the special court in the city of Panchkula.
Since 2015, Singh has also been on trial for castrating 400 of his followers, who alleged that they were promised spiritual gains.
His Dera defended the sterilsation claiming it was done to “safeguard female followers from possible sexual advances”.
But apparently the guru himself escaped castration. Now we know why.
Singh is also accused in the murder of his former manager after he threatened to expose his wrongdoings.
January 11, 2019
Mohammad Masroor, accused of sex crimes all over the world
and looking like a fugitive from Middle Earth
Toronto police have released the identity of a Toronto-based imam arrested in connection with an ongoing sex assault investigation that may have involved victims from outside the country.
Police said the suspect has worked and taught at the Baitul Mukarram Isalmic Society on Danforth Avenue in Toronto since 2008. The imam also worked in Florida, Michigan and Bangladesh among other locations.
Mohammad Masroor, 48, was arrested on Aug. 10 in Calgary and was transferred back to Toronto.
Masroor faces 13 charges in relation to alleged offences committed between Nov. 1 2008 and July 28, 2011.
“We believe there are other victims as Mohammad Masroor has lived and worked worldwide,” Const. Karen Armstrong said Wednesday morning.
Armstrong said that Masroor “is a person who is seen as a leader in the community and in a position of trust.”
Police said the investigation currently involves five victims, but anyone else with information is asked to contact investigators. According to the allegations, Masroor conducted classes out of his homes in Florida, Michigan and Bangladesh.
He has also travelled through France, Germany, Singapore and Hungary, among other countries, CTV Toronto’s Tamara Cherry reported.
On Wednesday, community members celebrating Ramadan and heading into the Danforth mosque were shocked to hear of the charges.
“I’m really surprised to hear this thing,” said Abdul Chowdhury. “We’re not expecting to hear this complaint about
Really?!? How can anyone still be surprised at clergy sex abuse?
Parent Shabin Coudhury said that his son was a student of Masroor and received lessons about the Qur’an three times per week.
Masroor also lead prayer services, shared messages of goodwill and peace and just last week, he was in Calgary on a spiritual journey and attending seminars on how to become a better Muslim.
Mohammed Bellal Hossain, another local community member, said that Masroor is a well-respected imam with a reputation as a good teacher.
“Easy to approach, friendly, jokes around with everyone. He has kids of his own, he has like three kids, so he’s a family guy,” said Hossain.
January 9, 2019
NINTH CIRCLE, HELL—Stressing that the situation in the underworld was quickly spiraling out of control, Satan, the Great Tempter and Father of Lies, announced Wednesday that he would not allow any more Catholic priests to enter hell. “This place is completely overrun with those monsters, and frankly, they kind of creep me out,” said the Prince of Darkness, adding that every time he looked up, he saw another recently deceased member of the Roman Catholic clergy being cast down into the fires of hell, where each is expected to be tortured until the end of time by Satan and his minions. “We’re used to having every manner of unrepentant sinner down here, but those guys are beyond messed up. I swear, if I see one more of those sick bastards, I’m going to throw myself into the eternal flames.” In response, God has reportedly instituted a secret policy whereby the priests would no longer face damnation but would instead attend mandatory counseling sessions and then be quietly transferred into heaven.
Thanks to TheOnion for this exclusive article.
January 9, 2019
Santa Clause has nothing better to do after Christmas than obsess about the Anti-christ
The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that humans’ dependence on modern technology will result in the coming of the Antichrist.
In an interview with Russian state media, Patriarch Kirill explained he does not entirely oppose gadgets, but warned against “falling into slavery” to smartphones.
Patriarch Kirill said that the collection of user data including “location, interests and fears” will make it possible for humans to be controlled by external forces.“Control from a single point is a harbinger of the coming of the Antichrist,” Kirill told the state-run Rossia-1 TV network on Orthodox Christmas Monday.“The Antichrist is a personality that will be at the head of the world wide web controlling the entire human race. Thus, the structure itself presents a danger,” he said.
The church leader stressed that “if we don’t want to bring the apocalypse closer, there should be no single [control and access] center.”