January 31, 2007
Heightened police protection for the two Christians and their lawyer was attributed to the shocking assassination 10 days earlier of another Turkish Christian, prominent Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, murdered in Istanbul by a teenage nationalist.
The two Christians, who are both converts from Islam, are also accused under less-known penal statutes of reviling Islam (Article 216) and secretly compiling private data on Turkish citizens for a Bible correspondence course (Article 135).
At their January 29 hearing, the presiding judge again closed his court to all observers, with only the defendants and their lawyer present for the defense. They faced seven prosecuting lawyers led by ultranationalist attorney Kemal Kerincsiz, notorious in Turkey for having hounded the outspoken Dink with multiple charges under Article 301.
(Snip, article here)
The row erupted over the ordination of a new deacon in Istanbul, Engin Yıldırım.
Local Anglicans say they pressed Geoffrey Rowell, the London-based Bishop responsible for their parish, to postpone the ordination until they could resolve what office the new minister would occupy under Turkish law. Mr Yıldırım is Turkish and at present foreign Christian clergy in Turkey are regarded as officials sent by the governments of their countries. Those close to the Anglican community suspect its real objection may be related to Mr Yıldırım's proselytizing approach to his vocation.
From another article, same subjectA London bishop has suspended the most senior Anglican priest in Turkey, who opposed the fast-track ordination of a Turkish evangelist. The dispute highlights a potential clash of cultures between the hands-off approach of the expatriate Anglicans and the missionary zeal of Turkish Protestant converts.
Istanbul Anglicans have branded the bishop “bullying”, “crazy”, “un-Christian” and “a scandal and a menace”. Their colourful language stems partly from the popularity of Canon Ian Sherwood, the Irish cleric at the centre of the battle.
Trey Farmer, a member of the church council, which has also been suspended, illustrated the strength of feeling. “We are not here to convert anyone, but to support what exists,” he said. “If anyone wants to engage in missionary work in Turkey they are going to have to do it over our dead bodies. I don’t want to get shot for going to church.”
AN Italian magazine report which sought to prove that what some priests tell Catholics in the confessional is not always what the Church preaches in public has enraged the Vatican.
To write the cover story in this week's L'Espresso, reporter Riccardo Bocca visited 24 churches in five large Italian cities and confessed sins he never committed or invented ethical dilemmas for the priest.
In one confessional in Naples he told the priest he felt guilty over his father's death after the family allowed a doctor secretly to detach a respirator. The father had for years been paralysed, confined to a bed and unable to breathe autonomously.
Although euthanasia is officially condemned by the Church, the priest told him not to worry too much because God would be the ultimate arbiter.
"If I had a wife, a father or a son who for years was alive only because of artificial life support, I would pull the plug too," said the priest, who then gave him absolution.
In another confessional box he faked being HIV positive and was told by a priest that whether or not he used a condom in order not to pass the virus to the woman he loved was "a very personal matter of conscience".
On homosexuality, one priest told him: "Well, homosexuality is a tendency which is a valid human expression. There are even homosexual priests and lesbian nuns."
Asked if he should openly declare his homosexuality, the priest told him: "Generally the best thing to do is to be yourself. Come clean. Do what the English call 'coming out'."
Apart from abortion - which all 24 priests unanimously condemned - he received conflicting advice on moral issues such as divorce, stem cell research and prostitution.
(Snip, full article here)
January 30, 2007
Other arrested leaders include house church Pastors Liu Yuhua and Wang Zaiqing, detained on charges of "illegal business practices" related to the "unauthorized" printing and distributing of Bibles and other Christian literature. CAA suggested the two Christians have been anticipating long jail sentences as in 2005 Pastor Cai Zhuohua received a three-year prison term on similar charges. (Snip article located here)
FORT WORTH - A theology professor at a prominent Southern Baptist seminary said officials told her to leave because women are biblically enjoined from teaching men.
Professor Sheri Klouda's departure from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is the newest source of division between opposing factions within the Southern Baptist Convention
It is the largest Protestant denomination in the country, with more than 16 million members.
Paige Patterson, seminary president, did not respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press. Van McClain, president of the board of trustees, said he could not discuss the matter but e-mailed several previously written statements.
McClain said Klouda was not dismissed, but that she was not granted tenure. He also said it has been rare for women to teach theology at Southern Baptist seminaries.
"With regard to the tightening of the policy of women teaching in the School of Theology, there has been no change in policy, but rather a return to the way it has always been," he said. "There was a momentary lax of the parameters, and [the seminary] has now returned to its traditional, confessional, and biblical position." Photo Baptist Press
The Rev. George Chaanine, 52, an emigrant from Lebanon, also faces charges including battery with a deadly weapon, battery with intent to commit sex assault and kidnapping in the Friday attack, police said.
Police have refused to name the woman who was attacked, but her lawyer identified her as Michaelina Bellamy.
"It was a violent attack," Bellamy's lawyer, Al Massi, said.
Massi said he did not know Bellamy's age, and refused to provide details about Bellamy's injuries.
Bellamy sang as a church soloist and worked at the Our Lady of Las Vegas parish office where authorities said Chaanine was an administrator. Bellamy is an entertainer with a long resume, including stints as a featured singer and dancer with the Follies Bergere on the Las Vegas Strip and with singers such as Englebert Humperdinck.
Diocese of Las Vegas spokeswoman Lee Haney said church administrators were "deeply saddened" by the case. Haney released information about Chaanine's background and said church officials were cooperating with police.
On Sunday, Chaanine was placed on administrative leave with pay, meaning he cannot act in any capacity as a priest. (Snip, complete article at this link)
I am trying to do my part and cut down on blog pollution, so I will only post a link and a snip from this utterly ridiculous article in which the 'Christian' Research Institute sugar coats the soul damning Roman Catholic beliefs and smears Fundamentalist.
"Fundamentalist: This term, like "evangelical," suffers from ambiguity, and has changed much in meaning since its first usage early in this century. Fundamentalists have always stood in opposition to liberalism within the church. But today the term conveys certain additional characteristics which set fundamentalists apart from other evangelicals, including: a general suspicion of scholarship, a separatist mentality which includes a rejection of the entire ecumenical movement, an anti-historical (anti-creedal) or restorational view of the church, and a rigid approach to what constitutes appropriate Christian conduct."
...[A]bout the time Rodney Rodis was installed as parish priest. Scoggin remembered with a grimace the day Rodis made a heartfelt pitch for donations to help tsunami victims in Indonesia. Scoggin, longtime chairman of Immaculate Conception's finance committee, was so moved that he reached for his wife's purse and dashed off a check for $500. But the check never made it into the church's account; instead, it went into the secret account Rodis had opened at a branch of Virginia Heartland Bank in Fredericksburg, Scoggin said......(Snip, more details at link)By Candace Rondeaux
U.S. District Court Judge Sue Robinson granted the judgment against the Rev. Edward J. Smith after he failed to respond to a lawsuit filed by Navy Commander Kenneth Whitwell.
Whitwell's attorney, Thomas Neuberger, said the judgment marks the first time that a priest has been found liable in Delaware for child sexual abuse.
Whitwell, 38, said he was grateful that he and his family will have the opportunity to tell a jury what happened to him.
"Finally, a victim in Delaware gets to have their day in court, and gets to tell their story publicly," said Whitwell, a Navy optometrist stationed at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va. (Snip, more at link)
From another article, same case:"The allegation comes less than two years after the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington admitted to spending $1.6 million to settle sexual abuse lawsuits involving priests.
Mr. Whitwell’s attorney Thomas S. Neuberger called Father Smith a “renegade pedophile priest,” claiming that his religious order, the Norbertines, hid the priest in Maryland for two years after he allegedly molested a student at a Philadelphia high school in 1979.
One has to wonder if the author included any information regarding how Muslims in
"celebrate" the holiday of Ashoura. (Warning: babies and children are also cut - please be aware that the images at this link are quite graphic and barbaric.) Frontpage Magazine
LAS VEGAS - A Catholic priest wanted in the beating last week of a woman who worked at his southern Nevada church is expected to be charged with attempted murder, police said.
An arrest warrant being prepared Monday for the Rev. George Chaanine, 52, also will charge him with kidnapping and battery with intent to commit sex assault, police Lt. John Bradshaw said. Snip, click here for the article
January 29, 2007
In a back room at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, about 50 people gathered on a recent Wednesday night to talk rock 'n' roll.
Why are Bob Marley and Kurt Cobain considered by some to be messiahs? When did rock music lose its edge and become another product manufactured and marketed by huge conglomerates such as Viacom?
It was a conversation perfectly suited to the setting. Beer-stained wooden tables and the smell of hops complemented a free-flowing, spirited debate among hip young people in scruffy beards and T-shirts.
In 2007, this is church.
Theology at the Bottleworks is run by a wildly successful congregation of young St. Louisans called The Journey. The Schlafly program is part of the church's outreach ministry. And it works.
Every month dozens show up at the brewpub to drink beer and talk about issues ranging from racism in St. Louis to modern art controversies to the debate about embryonic stem cell research.
The Rev. Darrin Patrick, The Journey's founder and lead pastor, says its nontraditional approach is aimed at those who are not likely to attend church.
"We want to go where people are," he said. "We don't expect them to come to us."
(Snip, article at link)
By Tim Townsend
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
In 2005 the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution urging churches to be on guard against homosexual influences in public schools. But a conservative Web site says the nation's largest Protestant body might first want to get its own house in order by checking out shelves of the SBC's publisher, LifeWay Christian Resources.
Baptist Press last week bemoaned that Wal-Mart is "still dabbling" in support of "the homosexual agenda," despite warnings of a boycott by religious conservatives. A writer challenged readers to type the word "gay" into the search engine for Wal-Mart's online bookstore, reporting that more than 1,000 titles turn up.
On Friday Paul Proctor at NewsWithViews.com followed two earlier columns warning about Christian book sites that promote authors who are "heretics and false teachers" with a similar challenge.
"[I]f you go to the ChristianResearchService.com website, click on the Master List, scroll down to the section subtitled, 'Homosexual/Lesbian/ Transgendered/Pro-gay,' and enter each of the names listed there into the Southern Baptist Convention's LifeWaystores.com search engine, (select keyword: 'author')," Proctor said, "you will find numerous examples of the double-standard that continues unabated in the online Christian bookstore industry."
EthicsDaily.com did just that, counting 13 of 32 authors on the Christian Research Service list in LifeWay's product database. (Snip, more at link)
"But perhaps you have been duped by such a piece of
propaganda. I believe when most people consider this document for what it really
says, they will re-think being associated with it because of its lack of theological,
historical, and practical foundation. It simply has no doctrinal basis." (Cox)
In the past ten(10) years a lot of churches in America and in other countries have
changed from a traditional New Testament church model to a contemporary
Purpose Driven model...most with sorrowful pitiful results.
Contrary to Purpose Driven Church propaganda millions have been leaving their
churches after the change occurred. Thousands of churches have split, closed, or
had significant reductions in attendance. Hundreds of pastors have been fired after
insisting on the change to a PDC model.
Most churches, after having a brief upsurge in growth, either reverted back to
their original size or suffered church trauma by introducing the PDC model in
PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH takeover. Initially a small clique of church staff
including the pastor plans the change without telling the rest of the church
Church transitions(a PDC training arm) trains the clique initiating the change in
eight (8 steps. The church is not to be informed of the transitions until the fourth
(4) step. After the sixth (6) step in the process of change if there are some
members in the church who voice concerns the following is suggested:
#1- Identify those who are resisting the changes
#2- Assess the effectiveness of their opposition
#3- Befriend those who are undecided about changes
#4- Marginalize more persistent resisters or questioners
#5- Vilify those who stay and fight
#6- Establish new rules that will silence all resistance
This usually means that the church membership is not told until it is too late to
make a difference. In other words, the church is stolen.
Then the members either accept the changes or leave the church.
Rick Warren author and director of the PDC movement says, "When you reveal
the vision to the church the old pillars are going to leave. But let them leave...they
only hold things up."
So what are the signs that your church is targeted for a PDC change?
#1- Change in music to a contemporary rock style.
#2- Removal of hymn books...often words on a screen.
#3- Eliminating the choir or introducing a choral "entertainment type" singing
group. Repetitive praise lyrics
#4- Replacing the organ/piano with heavy metal type instruments.
#5- Dressing down to casual informal attire.
#6- Eliminating business meetings, church committees, council of elders, board
of deacons or other
traditional leadership groups.
#7- The pastor with a few assistants (usually four) take charge of all church
#8- A repetitive 40 day PDC study program stressing psychological relationships
with each other, the
community and the world.
#9- Funded budgeted programs are abandoned or ignored with 'hidden' line items
in financial reports.
#10-Sunday morning, evening, and/or Wednesday prayer meetings are changed
to other times, named
differently or eliminated.
#11-Sunday School teachers are moved to different classes or replaced by new
teachers more sympathetic
with the changes being implemented.
#12-The name "Sunday School" is usually dropped and classes are given new
#13-Crosses and other traditional Christian symbols may be moved, removed, or
put in obscure places.
#14-New versions of the Bible are used. Verses are flashed on the screen.
#15-PDC videos are shown prior to, during or after a service.
#16-The decor may be changed to eliminate any resemblance to the 'former
#17-The name "church" is often removed and may be called a "campus".
Denominational names are often
#18-An emphasis on more fun and party times for the youth.
#19-Elimination of altar calls or salvation invitations.
#20-The elimination of such words as "unsaved" "lost" "hell" "heaven"
#21-Reclassification of the saved and lost to the "churched" and "unchurched"
#22-The marginalizing or ostracrizing of all who are not avid promoters of the
new PDC program.
#23-Closed meetings between pastor, certain staff, and selected leaders without
any accountability to the
#24-Open hostility to members who do not openly embrace the new program or
who may have left for
Recognize any of this? Many say it's too late when you get to step #4 in the first
section. May be. But don't forget;
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a
sound mind." II Tim. 1:7
[portions of the above were provided by the research dept. of the Southwest Radio
Ministries, Bethany, Okl.]
When looking at the sequence of events over the seventeen-year period based on interviews with all witnesses, one glaring fact stands out. [One?] Starting with Paul, there appears to have been no serious consideration given by anyone to the health and safety of the Bellevue family. On Paul’s part, there appears to never have been any time in seventeen years that any consideration was given to the effect that having a child molester on the ministerial staff of Bellevue Baptist Church would have on the church. His only consideration appears to have been to keep his job and, in the Team’s opinion, to stay out of jail. If he had considered the welfare of the church family, he would have resigned. The molestation of a child is bad enough, but to continue on in a ministerial capacity with responsibility for sensitive areas of our church life is without excuse."
What is fair use?
January 28, 2007
Less than five months into his senior pastorship at First Baptist Church, David Cox resigned Wednesday as he read a prepared statement to more than 500 church members.
"Over the past several weeks, First Baptist Church has undergone a season of extreme duress and difficulty," said Cox in his statement, according to Baptist Press. "Given present dynamics and poised circumstances, I believe that any continued service and ministry here, on my part, would not be productive toward future growth and health."
While details of the "difficulty" at First Baptist were not disclosed in his statement or by church staff when called for comments, the Associated Baptist Press reported the controversy was over changes Cox instituted in the church's worship style, his spending habits and the resignations of many longtime staff members after he took the helm that former Southern Baptist Convention president Bobby Welch retired from in August of 2006.
Cox had served as co-pastor beginning in 2003 with Welch, who led First Baptist for 32 years.
At a town hall style meeting earlier this month, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Cox stood in front of congregants defending his job as church members vented frustrations over the renovated altar and misplaced priorities under Cox's leadership.
The altar was modernized with a hardwood stage, twin movie screens and music equipment, but no cross – renovations that congregants saw as excess, especially as the church plans to move to a new church in some three years.
First Baptist – the largest church in the area, with 4,000 members - is planning to build a new church off Interstate 4.
The congregation also complained about the departure of at least five staffers and questioned the salaries for Cox and other staff at the cost of many popular programs in the church. Congregants are also unhappy with Cox's use of the bestselling The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and the more contemporary sound of music.
While some defended the changes in the church geared toward appealing to youth, many congregants had begun circulating a petition the first week of January to dismiss Cox."
(Snip, more at link)By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
[Shades of Mac Brunson and Steve Gaines?]
Hymns replaced by Bono lyrics at church
By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
"John Lennon once enraged Christians by claiming that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. The Church of England is now recognising the pulling power of rock stars by recruiting Bono, the singer and lyricist of U2, in its bid to boost congregations.
A Church of England bishop is to preside at this country's first "U2-charist", an adapted Holy Communion service that uses the Irish supergroup's best-selling songs in place of hymns."
Snip, see link for more
January 26, 2007
(5:55 p.m.) -- Metro police are on the scene of standoff at a local church. It's happening at the Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church.
A number of children were in an extra-curricular activity at the school next to the church when the call came in.
There are conflicting reports.
The school's vice principal tells Eyewitness News the children are in shelter-in-place mode.
But police say they are evacuating at this time.
The vice principal did not know which priest it was.
(7 p.m.) -- Police are still working the perimeter of the church. They tell Eyewitness News they have not yet established contact with the priest.
(7:40 p.m.) The last of the children are being escorted out.
8:17 p.m.) -- Police believed they were in a standoff with the priest for hours but now it's looking like he took off in his car.
Suspect's name is Rev. George Chaanine. He's 5-foot 8-inches tall, 140 lbs., black hair and brown eyes. Police are searching for his car, a 2005 cream Buick Lasabre with the license plate 732 RRM.
Apparently at 4:30 p.m., a call came in from people around the church who saw a woman run out of the church beaten up. Police believe Rev. George is responsible. No reason given for why they believe he did it and the extent of the injuries are unknown, though police say they are disturbing.
The priest is a person of interest at this time. He is considered armed and dangerous.
January 25, 2007
"A Catholic priest who was investigated in Yakima on suspicion that he viewed child pornography resigned Thursday from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
The Rev. Darell Mitchell decided to leave both his pastoral assignment in St. Louis and the archdiocese, according to a statement from the archdiocese.
"It's a tragedy," said Monsignor John Ecker, vicar general of the Catholic Diocese of Yakima. "There was no need for it."
Ecker said that Mitchell told him he wasn't sure what he would do next.
"He's very upset," said Ecker.
Mitchell left Yakima in 2004 while under criminal investigation for having photos of nude boys on his computer. About a dozen photos of boys, elementary school-age to teens, all naked, were turned over to police by the diocese. (Snip)
Mitchell was assigned last June to a St. Louis parish that has an elementary school. When SNAP members notified parishioners there last month about the incident with the photos in Yakima, an outcry arose among parents.
"Nobody thought it was a mistake to place him there," Ecker said. "He was never any danger to children."
Ecker explained that Bishop Carlos Sevilla of Yakima knew Mitchell was being assigned to a St. Louis church with a school and that the Archdiocese knew "every detail" of Mitchell's background.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis issued a statement Thursday saying that Sevilla had certified "without qualification that there is nothing in Father Mitchell's background or service that would raise questions about his fitness for ministry."
A second prominent Catholic clergyman quit his post recently amid accusations that he collaborated with Poland's communist-era secret police.....
The Rev. Janusz Bielanski resigned as head priest of Krakow's prestigious Wawel Cathedral, the burial site of Polish kings and queens.
Diocese of Bridgeport officials said yesterday the FBI and U.S. attorney's office first flagged a Greenwich pastor's "hidden" bank account, a discovery that led to the Rev. Michael Moynihan's resignation last week from St. Michael the Archangel [very wealthy] Roman Catholic Church.
Bishop William Lori, who oversees the Bridgeport Diocese's 87 parishes, informed the congregation of the situation over the weekend.
According to Lori, Moynihan's record of financial mismanagement goes back further than revelations of hidden accounts.
Moynihan is accused of keeping at least two accounts hidden from the diocese and St. Michael finance council.
One account includes $500,000 in spending that Moynihan hasn't documented or fully explained. Diocese officials say they're trying to determine how much money was lodged in a second hidden account, and are investigating a third off-the-books account.
Along with diocese officials, a private accounting firm and Moynihan, the church's two-member parish council has assisted with the investigation that was launched last summer, studying accounts and the pastor's explanations of how parish funds have been spent.
One member of that council, 62-year-old Martin Maloney, a Greenwich resident and St. Michael parishioner for 20 years, said he believes Moynihan will be able to show that he spent all of the $1.4 million on the parish.
January 24, 2007
Details have not been made public by the church and Williams has not been formally charged with any wrongdoing, but the incident allegedly involves sexual abuse of a child 17 years ago."
From the Bellevue Website...
"Bellevue is in contact with the Department of Child Services through counsel and is committed to cooperating fully with that agency.
We are working out a schedule with the Department of Child Services to provide us with onsite training for all Pastoral and Children’s Ministry staff."
January 23, 2007
They should rename the Carter Center “Habitat for Depravity”. According to HotAir.Com, Jimmy Carter is more financially involved with Islamic Terrorism and their Arab Supporters then the Democratic imaginary involvement of VP Dick Cheney/Halliburton.
Claudia Rosett of National Review has dug up some dirt on the Holocaust denying former President who is the helped originate the birth of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
"In recent weeks, a number of articles have noted that Carter’s anti-Israeli views coincide with those of some of the center’s prime financial backers, including the government of Saudi Arabia and the foundation of Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, whose offer of $10 million to New York City just after Sept. 11 was rejected by then-mayor Rudy Giuliani because it came wrapped in the suggestion that America rethink its support of Israel.
Other big donors listed in the Carter Center’s annual reports include the Sultanate of Oman and the sultan himself; the government of the United Arab Emirates; and a brother of Osama bin Laden, Bakr BinLadin, “for the Saudi BinLadin Group.”
Of lesser heft, but still large, are contributions from assorted development funds of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, as well as of OPEC, whose membership includes oil-rich Arab states, Nigeria (whose government is also a big donor to the Carter Center), and Venezuela (whose anti-American strongman Hugo Chávez benefited in a 2004 election from the highly controversial monitoring efforts of the Carter Center)."
Venuzuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez who has alongside his buddies Mahmoud Ahamdinejad, Castro, and Kim Jong Il called for the destruction of the United States is financing Jimmy Carter. I thought Democrat Cynthia McKinney had quite a list of questionable characters who financed her campaign, Carter seems to be rolling in the dough provided by the people who want to destroy America and Israel.
(Snip)"Since Carter’s book hit the stands, controversy has swirled around the former president. In a recent Washington Post op-ed piece, Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, the world’s foremost authority on narco-terrorism and author of Funding Evil, cites significant contributions from Arab sources to Carter business ventures as well as The Carter Center. Fourteen members of The Carter Center's Board of Councilors in Atlanta, Ga., have resigned in protest of what they deem a distortion of the facts.
Carter seems to be deepening his position by saying on an Al Jazeera television interview on Jan. 14 that he “doesn’t equate Palestinian missiles with terrorism.” Palestinians have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel since the so-called cease fire declared several months ago, injuring Jewish civilians and causing damage to industrial areas in Ashkelon. Mr. Carter has clearly demonstrated that he has no sympathy for Israel’s victims of terror.
The most dangerous statement in Mr. Carter’s book appears on page 213: “It is imperative that the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups make it clear that they will end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel.” President Carter has repeatedly stated that everything in the book is accurate, so he must be writing what he believes.
What Mr. Carter is saying is that terrorism against Israel is acceptable unless and until Israel does everything outlined in the Roadmap for Peace! Mr. Carter apparently does not recognize that terrorism is barbaric and is not acceptable in a civilized world. Carter’s twisting of facts and history are dangerous, and Christians must be vigilant in encouraging others to speak out.
The Carter Center website states that “peace with justice requires resolving conflict according to rules agreed to by all, beginning with the shared commitment to human rights and democratic values.”
Cox believes that Jimmy Carter has deviated drastically from his own stated goals. “The Palestinians have consistently broken their agreements over the past ten years with the Oslo Accords and cease fires and reiterated their desire to destroy Israel. Where is Carter on this issue of ‘peace with justice?’ Does it only apply to Palestinians? What about the democratic state of Israel?”
January 22, 2007
Rodney Rodis is arrested and Michael Moynihan is allowed to resign. Missing from Rodis' parish, $600,000. Unaccounted for in Moynihan's parish, 1.4 million.
The question remains: Why does a witch need a cross?
Doctors say babies born in Canada after only 25 weeks have, on average, an 80 percent survival rate and are normally required to stay in intensive care for about 100 days.
But medical officials have also said that care for the babies in this case could be more complicated because the parents are members of the Jehovah's Witnesses cult, which objects to the use of blood transfusions.
January 21, 2007
Priest Michael Moynihan of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church (Conn.) resigned after a preliminary financial audit uncovered more than $500,000 in spending that the Bridgeport Diocese is trying to account for, officials said yesterday. (Snip, more at link.)
More bad news for one of Rome's 'finest'.....
Drug Agents Familiar With Priest Before Bust
Northern Kentucky drug agents say they'd been keeping a close eye on a local priest for several months before busting him at a Covington hotel. Police arrested Father Thomas Gaeke last week as he walked out of the Hampton Inn with two male prostitutes.
His drug possession case was back in court Tuesday. Local 12's Joe Webb was there and has more on a case that keeps getting bigger and bigger.
Tuesday afternoon, Father Thomas Gaeke was a long way from his Florida home and the churches he was pastor at in dayton. He sat and listened as police described his arrest last Monday. Following up on a complaint, they confronted Gaeke at his car in the Hampton Inn parking lot. He refused to get out.
No. Ky. Drug Strike Force Agent: "At that point, myself and another officer, Chief Mullen of the Highland Heights Police Department grabbed Mr. Gaeke and actually had to pull him out of the car."
Snip, more at site 2006 INERGIZE DIGITAL MEDIA
Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski on Thursday defended his decision not to tell parishioners that a Deltona priest was removed because of a sex-abuse investigation.
"The bishop's written statement was a response to a support group for victims of clergy molestation, which said the bishop deceived the public about the Rev. Carlos Bedoya.
Bedoya, the pastor at St. Clare Catholic Church, was removed from his post in November. Parishioners were told it was to deal with "personal issues." But diocesan leaders confirmed last week that the reason was an investigation into allegations that Bedoya assisted another man, who [sexually assaulted] a 35-year-old man against his will.
"Based on the information provided to me and the presumption of innocence, I believe that my actions have been appropriate," the bishop wrote to leaders at the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "I will take future action based on the outcome of law enforcement's investigation and any other factors uncovered." (Snip)
Rome, Jan. 19, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI has faced steady opposition within the Vatican as he seeks to implement new policies, according to an article in Italy’s Panorama magazine. The article concludes that the [Pope]is now assembling his own management team to implement his policies.
“Benedict XVI does not have a decisive temperament,” writes Ignazio Ingrao in his analysis for Panorama The Italian journalist reports that the Pontiff has faced stiff resistance in his effort to reform the Roman Curia and to broaden access to the traditional liturgy.
Dwelling at length on the controversy surrounding the ill-fated appointment of Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus in Warsaw, the Panorama analysis sees tensions between the Polish clerics who surrounded Pope John Paul II (bio - news) and the allies of the current Pontiff. The author also sees continued fallout from the Wielgus debacle, with other leading Polish prelates likely to face charges that they collaborated with the Communist secret police.
Originally, the Panorama story says, Pope Benedict passed over 6 different candidates put forward by the Polish hierarchy to choose Archbishop Wielgus; the Pope withdrew his support only when he became convinced that the incoming Archbishop of Warsaw had provided misleading information about his background.
The Wielgus controversy drew attention to some of the tensions between Polish Church leaders and the Pope, Ingrao writes. He points out that Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, the longtime secretary to John Paul II, remained quiet about the appointment, although he reportedly did not approve of the Pope’s choice. The Italian journalist also notes that the Pope said that Cardinal Jozef Glemp could retain his title as Primate of Poland for 3 more years, after John Paul II had conferred that title upon Cardinal Glemp for life.
The Wielgus controversy has accelerated shifts in the balance of power within the Roman Curia, Panorama reports, because the incident underlined the need for the Pope to form his own effective leadership team. The Italian magazine reports that it was Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (bio - news), the Secretary of State, who conveyed the request for Archbishop Wielgus to submit resignation. (Snip)
January 20, 2007
"As many people know, I've spent many years in TV network news. I polled old friends and acquaintances today and with one exception, all agreed that Hillary Clinton’s announcement today that she is running for President (yawn) is a HUGE misstep.
First, she did it at a time guaranteed to get her minimum television exposure. The Saturday HUT (Homes Using Television) numbers are miniscule. When was the last time the Saturday Noon News was a “must see” for anyone?
In addition, anyone watching TV today or tomorrow is probably a man and he is tuned into sports. Not Hillary’s target audience!
She should have announced on 4:00 P.M on Thursday, after appearing earlier in the day on GMA, Today, CBSMN, and especially “The View” to coyly announce that she just might have something importance to announce “soon.”
By announcing at 4:00 on a Thursday, she would have been the lead story on all that evening’s newscasts. Thursday is often the second highest rated show of the week. Then she would have been topic #1 that night and all day Friday. She could have been back on the AM shows and The View on Friday, perhaps even a quick Oprah appearance. Friday night’s national news shows would have been all reaction stories, a visit to her hometown, etc. She would have owned 36 hours of prime TV.
As it is, she chose the absolutely worst time. The Sunday AM shows will be all over it, but no undecided voters watch those shows. She will get no mojo or movement from them. By Monday, it’s old news.
Next her method of announcement. She posted it as a statement on her website.
She could have gathered 2000 screaming, sigh waving supporters on the Capitol steps, balloons, a band, etc. Could have been a huge hoop de do! CNN, FNC and others would have covered it live, etc. As it was, nothing! In the words of one senior editor, “She mailed it in!”
Next, she has based her campaign on “Stopping Bush.” That’s got about 30 days worth of legs. In addition, everything she says for the next 20 months will be seen as “political.” She just threw away any chance she had of being seen as a healer or “statesman” like. Politically, she just painted a huge target on her back. Every time she says word one on any issue, an “independent” third party spokesperson can rake her over the coals, and the Republicans can stay above it all.
Finally, everyone sees it for what it is. She panicked over Obama.
He is a 60 day flash in the pan, this year’s Weasley Clark or Howard Dean. America is not about to elect a Black, Muslim-trained, admitted cocaine-using man President, no matter how good he looks on TV… this month.
The media loves him…. this month. The media that loves him now will fill the air with “investigative stories” about him next month. By April at the latest, he will be very old news
Bottom line on that issue; Hillary stood eye to eye against a totally non-electable presidential candidate…. from her own party…. and she blinked!
Mark Halperin at ABC is gushing over her announcement, but everyone else is saying “Huh?”
Another said, "She has been planning this for 20 or 30 years, and this is her best shot!?!?" "What's next, shooting Santa Claus on Christmas Eve?"
About the author
January 19, 2007
"The Rev. Wanda Gail Campbell, a minister of peace, [heretic] thinks of herself as one of the most tolerant, respectful, open-minded people she knows. [Except she obviously hates Fundamentalist.]
So it was with shock last summer, as she entered the shrine to the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France, that she realized some deep prejudices against Catholics were bubbling up from her Southern fundamentalist upbringing."
"Are the American people ready for an elected president who was educated in a Madrassa as a young boy and has not been forthcoming about his Muslim heritage?
This is the question Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s camp is asking about Sen. Barack Obama.
An investigation of Mr. Obama by political opponents within the Democratic Party has discovered that Mr. Obama was raised as a Muslim by his stepfather in Indonesia. Sources close to the background check, which has not yet been released, said Mr. Obama, 45, spent at least four years in a so-called Madrassa, or Muslim seminary, in Indonesia.
"He was a Muslim, but he concealed it," the source said. "His opponents within the Democrats hope this will become a major issue in the campaign."
When contacted by Insight, Mr. Obama’s press secretary said he would consult with “his boss” and call back. He did not.
Sources said the background check, conducted by researchers connected to Senator Clinton, disclosed details of Mr. Obama's Muslim past.
The sources said the Clinton camp concluded the Illinois Democrat concealed his prior Muslim faith and education."
Snip from Insight Magazine, read full article here
January 18, 2007
By SARA KIESLER
DELTONA -- A shock wave is rippling through the close-knit Deltona family at St. Clare Catholic Church in the wake of a complaint that its pastor participated in sexual battery against a man.
According to a complaint filed with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the Rev. Carlos Bedoya, 44, invited a 35-year-old man to his home on church grounds to have lunch and "cocktails." He proceeded to restrain the man while David Estrada, a 24-year-old priest-in-training, performed a sex act on the man, the complaint states.
"The ethics bill before the Senate not only cracks down on lawmakers, but also subjects politically active ministers and neighborhood groups to the same rules as K Street lobbyists.
Under the legislation, grass-roots organizations that attempt to "influence the general public" to contact members of Congress would have to register as lobbyists and file financial reports -- or face a $200,000 fine. The requirements could apply to a preacher who goes on TV or radio and tells listeners to call their congressman in support of a particular issue, such as a constitutional amendment against homosexual "marriage."
(Snip, article at Link)By S.A. Miller
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The state's Roman Catholic church has sued its insurer demanding it pay its legal fees.
In court papers filed last week, the Minnesota-based United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. requested a review of how much the diocese knew about allegations that former priest Ed Paquette had sexually abused alter boys in two states before he came to Vermont.
The Diocese agreed to permit the investigation as long as the information remained confidential."
[There is a large paper trail concerning this priest. He is also accused of teaching students about "Black Mass"]
Snip, please click here to read the rest of the article
In other news .......
SPRINGFIELD, Mass - A judge has ordered the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield to release thousands of pages of documents in a dispute between the church and seven of its insurance carriers over settlements with clergy sex abuse victims.
"Framing Your Worldview
New Video Series by Chuck Colson and Rick Warren
Christian leaders Chuck Colson and Rick Warren have joined together to produce a stimulating new study called Wide Angle: Framing Your Worldview
Our worldview —the way we look at life—impacts everything we do. The moral choices we make; the way we spend our money; the kind of relationships we have; the priorities we set."
About Chuck Colson
Filed under "We told you so."
Rodney Lee Rodis, 50, was indicted Jan. 8 on one count of embezzlement. Rodis had been pastor at St. Jude Catholic Church in Mineral and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Buckner between 1993 and May 2006.
Detectives who searched the Watson Lane home found a "Lucky Money" receipt dated May 24, 2006, according to court documents. Lucky Money allows people to wire money between the U.S. and the Philippines.
Rodis, a native and citizen of the Philippines, retired from the two Louisa churches around the time the mortgage was paid off and the receipt was formulated.
Neighbors said Rodis had traveled to the Philippines. Etherington said he was in the U.S. on a religious worker's visa that expires in 2015. Rodis surrendered his passport to make bond.
One neighbor said that Rodis planned to return to the Philippines in a few years. He wanted to build a big house there, and run for mayor and, later, president.
January 17, 2007
January 16, 2007
In spite of Steve Gaines problems at Bellevue Baptist and his confession of covering up a confirmed and admitted case of sexual molestation, Mac Brunson has invited Gaines to speak at the Pastor's Conference sponsored by First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida.
It has also been announced that the Reverend Jerry Falwell will be joining his Southern Baptist brethren as a conference speaker.
Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the Black Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. We believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These Black Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:
Commitment to God
Commitment to the Black Community
Commitment to the Black Family
Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
Adherence to the Black Work Ethic
Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community
Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions
Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System
Personal commitment to embracement of the Black Value System.
Out2.com's independent contrarian columnist, Andy Martin, will publish a column and hold simultaneous news conferences in New York and London on Wednesday, August 11th to disclose he believes Barack Obama is a political fraud who "lied to the American people." Martin has asked Crown Books to stop sales of Obama's book because of its fraudulent content. Martin says Obama may be a threat to the Jewish community.
"I feel sad having to expose Barack Obama," says Martin, "but the man is a complete fraud. The truth is going to surprise, and disappoint, and outrage many people who were drawn to him. He has lied to the American people, and he has sought to misrepresent his own heritage.
"Obama's life story is vastly different from the one he portrays. My point: if he will lie about his mother and father, what else is he lying about? Can we expect 'bimbo eruptions?'
"Fiction: Obama stated in his Convention speech: 'My father ... grew up herding goats.' The 'goat herder' claim has been repeated endlessly. It is a lie. Fact: Obama's grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama was a prominent and wealthy farmer. His son, Obama's father, was a child of privilege, not privation. He was an outstanding student, not a herdsman.
"Fiction: Obama was given an 'African' name. Fact: Obama is a Muslim who has concealed his religion. I am a strong supporter of the Muslim community, and I believe Muslims have been scapegoated. Obama has a great opportunity to be forthright. Instead, he has treated his Muslim heritage as a dark secret. His grandfather was named 'Hussein.' That is an Arabic-Muslim, not African, name. Hussein was a devout Muslim and named his son, Barack Senior, 'Baraka.' Baraka is an Arabic word meaning 'blessed.' Baraka comes out of the Koran and Arabic, not Africa.
"Barack Senior was also a devoted Muslim, and also chose a Muslim name for his son, our own Barack Obama, Junior. Again, his name was an Arabic and Koranic.
Obama has spent a lifetime running from his family heritage and religious heritage. Would his father have given his son a Koranic name if the father was not a devout Muslim? Obama's stepfather was also a Muslim. Obama will be the first Muslim-heritage senator; he should be proud of that fact. There is nothing to be ashamed of in any of the three great Abrahamic religions.
"Fiction: Obama Senior was a harmless student 'immigrant' who came to the United States only to study. Fact: Obama was part of one of the most corrupt and violent organizations in Africa: the Kenyatta regime. Obama's father ran back to Kenya soon after the British left. It is likely Obama's father had Mau Mau sympathies or connections, or he would not have been welcomed into the murderous inner circle of rapists, murderers, and arsonists. I believe Obama's secret shame at his family history of rape, murder and arson is what actualizes him. Our research is not yet complete. We are seeking to examine British colonial records. Our investigation to date has drawn on information on three continents.
"And what about Obama's beloved Kenyan brothers and sisters? None of his family was invited to Boston to share his prominence. Are his relatives being kept in the closet? Where are they? More secrecy, more prevarication.
"It is time for Barack Obama to stop presenting a fantasy to the American people. We are forgiving and many would still support him. It may well be that his concealment is meant to endanger Israel. His Muslim religion would obviously raise serious questions in many Jewish circles where Obama now enjoys support," Martin states.
"Our investigation is continuing. In he meantime, Crown Books should stop selling Obama's novelization of his life. We have asked Crown to do that. Obama is living a lie."
RESOURCES: Martin's columns at Out2.com (Govt & Politics); E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
"In recent decades, more than 10,000 children reportedly were sexually abused by Catholic priests in the United States. From behind the headlines, filmmaker Joe Cultrera tells the very personal story of how the crisis affected his own family in Salem, Mass. It is the intimate story of how his brother, Paul, was molested in the 1960s by Father Joseph Birmingham, who also reportedly abused nearly 100 other children. Paul Cultrera would keep his secret for 30 years until he decided to finally confront the church and launched his own investigation into how the Archdiocese of Boston had covered up allegations against Father Birmingham and moved the priest from parish to parish, placing more and more children in danger. In a sometimes raw and emotional film, the Cultrera family tells their story of faith betrayed by the scandal that has engulfed the Catholic Church."
coming Jan. 16, 2007 at 9pm/8pm central. Check your local listings to be sure.
By Greg Warner
ATLANTA -- Southern Baptist officials harshly rejected Jimmy Carter's effort to unite all Baptists in North America under a compassion agenda, calling the ambitious plan "voodoo ecumenism" and a thinly veiled Democratic strategy to woo values voters.
But other Southern Baptists, including some reform-minded younger conservatives, called the SBC response un-Christ-like and prejudicial criticism from "fundamentalist elites."
(This is a snip, please follow the link to read the entire article.)
"Dr. Thomas Lloyd (Tom) Malone, 91, graduated to Heaven on January 7, 2007. Pastor Emeritus of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pontiac, Michigan and founder of Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Dr. Malone, one of America’s best known and beloved Baptist preachers, had been in declining health for the past five years.
A graduate of Bob Jones College, he also earned a PHD. (cum laude) at Wayne State University of Detroit.
For more than fifty years Dr. Malone was one of the most sought after pulpiteers in the world. Featured regularly on almost every national platform in independent Baptist circles, and a regular guest in the pulpit of every large fundamental church in America, he was a master craftsman in the preparation of sermons and a prince of preachers at the time of the sermon’s delivery. Dr. John R. Rice often referred to him as “perhaps the greatest pulpiteer of his generation.”
A member of the board of the Sword of the Lord Publishers since 1958, he also authored a dozen books which have had a worldwide circulation.
(Report from the Sword of the Lord)
January 15, 2007
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A priest suspected of stealing more than $600,000 from two churches denies accusations in court documents that he was living a double life as a family man in a neighboring county.
"Father" Rodney L. Rodis, 50, acknowledged that there is a woman and three girls that live at the home, but denied he was married and declined to comment if the children were his daughters, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sunday. Rodis also said the woman he lives with knew he was a Catholic priest. (More details at the link above!)
January 13, 2007
it weren't so unbelievably blind on the part of the protesters.
New Orleans prides itself on living in sin.
drunkenness and sexual immorality. It parades its debauchery and
sells it to hungry tourists who come there to indulge the flesh.
causes fights, murders, wrecks, broken homes and evil deeds too
numerous to mention. Sexual immorality breeds disease, abortion,
wrecked marriages and confusion and turmoil.
Righteousness, on the other hand, breeds decency. You want lower
crime? Repent of your sin and purge it from your midst. Or, live in
wickedness and reap the fruit. It's that simple. It really is.
Isaiah: 56:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Written by BK.. Before he was born again he spent many hours in NOLA.
TRACING THE HISTORY OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND ITS PERSECUTION OF THE BIBLE AND OF BIBLE BELIEVERS
On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX issued the bull Ineffabilis Deus, which proclaimed the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. In 1899 the Pontifical Press published a book entitled Manual of Indulgences, which proclaimed: "The Virgin Mary, immaculate and always pure, never required to expiate even the shadow of an imperfection, having been always more holy than Cherubim and Seraphim." Thus the Vatican press was busy publishing books glorifying Mary, but it was doing nothing to publish the Holy Scriptures.
Writing in 1903, Alexander Robertson, who long resided in Italy, made the following observations:
On May 18, 1849, SOME THREE THOUSAND COPIES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, ACCORDING TO THE MARTINI VERSION, WERE SEIZED AND DESTROYED IN TUSCANY. Priests have told me that even they were not allowed to possess a Martini Bible without the Papal consent, and that the very fact of applying for such consent would bring them under suspicion, and so damage their prospects in the Church. Therefore, they said, 'WE HAVE NO BIBLES.'
"This is the first history ever published which details the relationship of the Roman Catholic Church to the Bible through the centuries. The author has spent thousands of dollars obtaining rare documents relevant to this history (such as a 1641 edition of Foxe's unabridged Acts and Monuments and researched the topic in important theological libraries in Canada, America, and England, including the British Library. The book covers the Roman Catholic Inquisition from the 11th to the 19th centuries, particularly the role played by the Inquisition to keep translations of the Bible out of the hands of the common people. It contains the history of ancient separated Christians, including the Waldensians and the Lollards. The book could also be titled "The Bible Through the Centuries." It gives the history of the English Bible from John Wycliffe to William Tyndale, and the history of the Spanish, German, French, and Italian Bibles. It contains amazing biographies of royal queens who loved the Bible. It gives the decade-by-decade details of papal condemnations of 19th-century Bible societies and of Roman Catholic persecution in the 19th century. It describes the 20th-century phenomenon of Rome changing tactics and joining hands with the Bible societies. It documents the similarities between the Lat in Vulgate and the modern versions. It answers the question: Has the Roman Catholic Church changed? The book contains 95 illustrations from rare out-of-print books. Click here for more information
"Cambridge historian John Pollard, in his recent and superlative book, Money and the Rise of the Modern Papacy: Financing the Vatican 1850-1950, has shown that the papacy as we know it, that is, an institution exercising universal jurisdiction over a global flock, is a distinctly modern creation whose contemporary clout is due in large part to two major developments in the last 150 years: the "Peter's Pence" fund, skillfully exploited to get donations sent directly to Rome; and the Lateran Treaty of 1929, which at a stroke wiped out the Vatican's debt and gave it the freedom to exist independently and thus appoint its own men everywhere -- even when there was no local threat requiring its outside intervention."
January 12, 2007
Obama speaking at the American Islam Congress.
"Because of his callous disregard for innocent life, Obama lacks the moral credibility to speak on life issues," Newman said. "There are some things that just cannot be excused with a disclaimer, and support for abortion is one of them."
"We find it distressing that Mr. Warren could attempt to defend his pro-life position while giving little more than lip service to the deaths of over 126,000 babies that die from abortion each day worldwide," Newman said. "The AIDS pandemic pales in comparison to the abortion holocaust."
How liberal is Barack Obama? His wife used the ban on partial birth abortion (sucking the brains out of half-delivered babies) as a scare tactic and fundraising ploy: