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Ratzinger and the Pedophile Priest

Ratzinger and the Pedophile Priest
https://correctiv.org/en/top-stories/2020/02/26/ratzinger-and-the-pedophile-priest/

A priest convicted of sexually abusing children says that, on a winter day, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is standing on his doorstep. Now, an investigation conducted by CORRECTIV and Frontal21 reveals the ties of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI with the priest. The stories shared by alleged victims who came forward during the investigation show how the Catholic Church’s prosecution of sexual abuse within its own ranks is insufficient.

In the outskirts of the Bavarian town of Garching, the chapel in Simetsbichl is a whitewashed building with a gabled roof. Benches are lined up inside, where an aureoled Virgin Mary gazes from the apse to an altar with candles, flowers and guest books brimming with personal pleas: for healing, for a new job, to get pregnant. And then, on a yellow notepad in a child’s scrawly handwriting:

Book of petitions in the chapel in Simetsbichl © Ivo Mayr/CORRECTIV
Book of petitions in the chapel in Simetsbichl © Ivo Mayr/CORRECTIV

There is no date above the entry, so it is impossible to determine when the boy wrote his appeal to the Blessed Mother. Some requests in the books go as far back as the 1990s, but it is also possible to write at the back of an empty book. Maybe the boy wanted to hide his petition behind blank pages until newer prayers could catch up over time.

Today, Stefan’s note points to a time when Priest Peter H., one of the most widely known perpetrators of sexual abuse in the German Catholic Church, led the parish in Garching. Until 2008, the priest also lived and worked just 30 minutes away by foot at the Church of St. Nicholas in Garching. For decades, he abused minor boys at both congregations. In response, the Church simply moved him from parish to parish, allowing his behavior to continue.

In Garching and in Engelsberg, in Essen and in Bottrop, a new investigation by CORRECTIV and Frontal21 reveals how Priest Peter H. abused young boys at congregations throughout Germany.

Cool boys

The case of Peter H. symbolizes the attempts of the church to cover up. To protect the abusers. To maintain silence up to the highest rankings of the Catholic Church. Including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

In earlier investigations, the New York Times had already made a connection between the then-incumbent Pope and Priest Peter H. But this was already known to the Church. In a 2012 letter to the influential Cardinal Reinhard Marx, a copy of which was obtained by CORRECTIV, bishops stated their concern about Benedict XVI’s ties to the pedophilic priest.

CORRECTIV and Frontal21 revisited the case in recent months. Through interviewing witnesses and evaluating documents, we found that that the number of children who were abused could be significantly higher than previously acknowledged by the Church. We found that the connections between the Peter H. and Cardinal Ratzinger, who would later be appointed Pope, were greater than the Church and its representatives have admitted to date. For years, a close confidant of Ratzinger was in charge of a parish alongside the priest, never preventing him from surrounding himself with altar boys, fully aware of the risk. Church leadership was also complicit. In 2000, Peter H. bragged that Ratzinger had been standing at his door. Something that Ratzinger now denies. 

Today, Peter H. lives in a multi-story building in Munich alongside families with young children. A playground can be seen from his window. CORRECTIV and Frontal21 tried to speak with H. several times to ask about what happened and offer the opportunity to explain his position as new information emerged. But all letters placed inside H.’s mailbox since November 2019 have remained unanswered. To date, H. has declined to comment on new accusations.

However, documents available to CORRECTIV and Frontal21 show glimpses of what H. himself thought about his actions. The priest has been accused of sexual abuse in multiple places over several years. When asked about the allegations during internal questioning by the Church, he admitted that he is a “pedophile priest”, adding that the “entire world” knew. But then he curtailed the fact by saying that he was never violent, never penetrated the boys and never engaged in oral sex. There was only one exception. He downplayed situations that can no longer be denied and alleged that, in many cases, he was framed. He also blamed the spirit of the times: Dealing with sexuality was more relaxed. The kids talked so openly about sex, and they were “gorgeous boys”. This is how he justified himself, according to documents from the Essen diocese. In short: He claimed he was seduced.

Priest H. said the young boys’ open approach to sexuality gave him the idea in the first place and that the time he spent as a clergyman should not be downgraded only because of acts of abuse. He said he did a lot of good. And the Church let him work even though his tendencies were known. It protected him and showed him understanding and did not punish him, because such acts were assessed differently back then. He also said it is not possible for the Church to punish him now, so suddenly, because people think about things differently today – even if his acts were barred by the statute of limitations. CORRECTIV wrote several letters to H. and asked him for an interview. But H. has not responded to date.

The Pied Piper

Priest H. became popular with the congregation soon after he started serving the parish of Garching in 1987. Beside Garching, he was also responsible for leading the onion-dome church situated in Engelsberg, a picturesque Bavarian village nearby. He was considered energetic and was popular among the youth. People even said that women had fallen for him.

“I can only say good things about H., such a friendly man,” said a secretary who worked at a school where the priest had taught religious education. Others in the village said he was a good preacher, more of an actor than a priest. A “pied piper”. He always ensured that the church was full of people. The congregation adored him.

People who attended the church said that there was a contest among altar boys to determine who was the clergyman’s favorite. He gave the altar boys alcohol and cigarettes. He was committed to the part, going on stage as a carnival comedian and organizing processions. “He approached people, was easy going, so you simply had to like him,” said 71-year-old Rosemarie Anwander, who has deep roots in Garching. She was involved in the parish and contributed to the local village newspaper.

But then something shattered the peace.

July 24, 1994. A parish festival is in the works. But early in the morning, parish councilor Klaus Mittermeier, a committed Christian who is “enthusiastic about priest H.”, received an alert. On the fairground in front of the community center and on the wall of the rectory, someone scrawled accusations against Priest H. alleging sexual abuse. The exact wording can no longer be reconstructed today. Memories vary too much: from a ribald sentence to declaring that Priest H. loved one of the parish youth. Mr. Mittermeier only remembers that one boy approached him and said he couldn’t be implicated because he had a girlfriend. “But I had other worries at the time, the parish festival,” said Mr. Mittermeier. That is the reason he for addressing the allegations. The writing on the wall was quickly painted over, the writing on the floor covered with cement and a carpet. But suspicion arose and rumors spread.

Summer vacation began shortly afterwards. Priest H. called on parish councilor Mittermeier. He said that he saw himself as a victim and complained about his suffering. He said he would leave the parish if the rumors did not stop. Mr. Mittermeier wanted to help him but demanded clarity: He asked H. whether any aspect of the rumors was true. If so, they would find a way to solve the problem. If not, he and the congregation would defend the clergyman and “fight things through”.

“We were friends,” said Mr. Mittermeier, adding that at the time he was “enthusiastic about his way of preaching”. Priest H. denied everything and said that the rumors had no grounding.

The parish councilor and the priest agreed to fight the rumors. A handwritten speech from the time shows their strategy: “Refute the truth contained in the rumors”. Priest H. gave sermons in Garching and Engelsberg. He furiously rejected the allegations. If conversation between priest and believer are suspicious, then pastoral care is not possible; this is what members of the congregation recall about the angry sermon. He read it to every church in the parish and was met by applause, recalls Mr. Mittermeier. In support of the priest’s campaign, the councilor also printed posters with a warning: “Bad words kill souls”.

Despite their efforts, Mrs. Anwander, a former community worker, says that people knew something had happened in Essen, a previous station in H.’s career. She says that her daughters were also altar girls for Priest H. and although many were aware that he was going to therapy in Munich, “most believed because of issues with alcohol.”

She added: “The main thing: he was nice”.

At the time, the congregation did not know that Priest H. was being watched by the Church – or that he was a convicted sex offender. After being transferred from Essen to Bavaria in the early 1980s, the Church ordered him to undergo psychological treatment. “H. was not capable of individual therapy due to his personality structure, only group therapy was possible”, describes Dr. Huth, adding that H. “considered himself a victim, above all”.

Today, Werner Huth is 90 years old. He spoke with the New York Times and the Süddeutschen Zeitung about H. in 2010. His intention was to give no more interviews on the matter, but he said that new investigations motivated him to speak up. Dr. Huth, with whom H. attended therapy sessions, alerted Church leadership at the time and, according his statement, informed Auxiliary Bishop Heinrich von Soden-Fraunhofen that the priest was dangerous.

A few years later, in 1984, an official court case was brought against H. for the first time. It was filed by parents in the Bavarian town of Grafing. Accordingly, the prosecutor’s office investigated H.’s sexual abuse of 12 boys in just one year, which the spokesman of the diocese confirms today. According to his own statement, H. explained the situation to Auxiliary Bishop von Soden-Fraunhofen. The Church reacted: during the investigation, the priest was briefly transferred to administrative tasks and then to Caritas, a Catholic organisation for relief and social work.

Dr. Huth established three rules for H. during therapy: First, he was not allowed to work with boys. Second, he was not allowed to drink alcohol. Third, he must be under supervision. “It didn’t require any medical expertise to do this,” said Dr. Huth. They are the usual precautionary measures, something that goes without saying. Dr. Huth still practices in Munich. But H. obviously did not follow those rules, and a court in Ebersberg sentenced him to 18 months’ probation and a fine. With that, the state considered matters closed.

Then, despite the psychiatrist’s warning, the Church reassigned H. to parish work and transferred him to Garching. The congregation knew nothing about the clergyman’s criminal past. And again, H. was surrounded by children.

After the move, the diocese in Munich got word of new accusations against H. in Garching. In response to a request from CORRECTIV and Frontal21, a spokesman for the Munich-Freising diocese wrote that in 1993, it was recorded that “H. kissed children on the forehead when celebrating their first communion and that an older teenager is a regular visitor at the rectory.” H. denied the kissing. He said it was “a symbolic act without direct physical contact”. As for the visitor, he said that he “looked after the boy because his mother had erred in her ways.”

The Dazzling Friend

Although Auxiliary Bishop von Soden-Fraunhofen knew about H.’s pedophilia, he played a dubious role in the following years. After becoming seriously sick in 1993, he moved to Engelsberg — the village that, together with Garching, fell under the pastoral responsibility of H.

It was the same year that the Munich diocese was informed of H.’s behavior. In response to CORRECTIV, a representative of the diocese wrote that von Soden-Fraunhofen moved to Engelsberg for private reasons. He supposedly relocated at the suggestion of his housekeeper, who had good connections to the town. At least, this is what was told to the congregations in Garching and Engelsberg and reported out by the media.

But there’s more to the story. Dr. Huth told CORRECTIV that von Soden-Fraunhofen had said he would take care of H. after moving and was in “contact with Ratzinger”. The psychiatrist assumed that the auxiliary bishop would follow through on supervising the priest. When he later learned that H. was still in contact with children, he said that he was “appalled”. He could only explain this as “self-delusion”. 

Until his death seven years later, von Soden-Fraunhofen would continue to jointly manage the two congregations with H. A gilded marble plate still hangs outside Engelsberg church as a testament to their time together. 

At the beginning, H. was afraid, remembers Klaus Mittermeier, then- chairman of the parish council. If the auxiliary bishop came, “everything would change, he would control us,” Mr. Mittermeier recalls of H.’s statements at the time. But von Soden-Fraunhofen came and nothing changed. He kept silent and did not keep H. away from the children.

Parish newspapers from December 1993 even document how von Soden-Fraunhofen and H. intended to celebrate a children’s blessing: “Bishop von Soden and Father H. will lay their hands on all the children and bless them following the Liturgy of the Word.”

H. recruited the altar children himself. Boys and girls started taking classes with him soon after communion. Over time, he filled the chancel in Garching and Engelsberg with over 100 altar servers. There was no keeping H. away from kids in either town. He created opportunities for himself — and von Soden-Fraunhofen did not intervene. Even when accusations were written on the wall at the parish festival, the auxiliary bishop did not utter a single word.

One week after the festival, H. published a new issue of Pfarrnachrichten, the parish newsletter, and expressed his thanks: “To all those who have helped in any way, a warm «God bless you!»“. The church had raised 12,000 German marks. But in the margins, the priest had also published an image of a man rising out of the sea — holding two naked boys in his arms. It was not the first time this kind of photo made it into the newsletter. Sometimes, H. published a photo of a dreamy looking boy in front of a candle, others a boy in shorts and a T-shirt carrying amphorae or a boy’s face in a fragmented picture frame. While they may appear to be harmless to the unsuspecting viewer, von Soden-Fraunhofen knew about H.’s criminal past.

The auxiliary bishop was active in town affairs, according to the people of Engelsberg and Garching, who were interviewed by CORRECTIV and Frontal21. He attended mass, taught lectures and took care of the “youngsters”, always saying that he was “the chaplain”. But if at any point a dispute arose with H., the priest would simply tell him: “You are the bishop and I am the chaplain”. Following repeated requests from CORRECTIV and Frontal21, the diocese responded that “there is concrete evidence in the files that Auxiliary Bishop von Soden-Fraunhofen regularly provided positive information about H.’s activity in Garching without any complaints.” Regarding the “success” of supervising H., the diocese said laconically the result can be judged “given the known events”.

What Did Joseph Ratzinger Know?

The auxiliary bishop kept silent. Von Soden-Fraunhofen was born in 1920 in Friedrichshafen and later ordained a priest in 1953 — the same time as his friend Joseph Ratzinger, who later became the Pope.

A commemorative publication for the ordination still bears witness to the consecration today. When Ratzinger went the archdiocese in Munich, von Soden-Fraunhofen was appointed his auxiliary bishop. Their contact continued when Ratzinger moved to Rome in 1982 and was appointed as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The two churchmen exchange letters, sometimes with coarse expressions. In a letter concerning a dispute about a Christian sect which Ratzinger, who has just arrived in Rome, redeemed, von Soden-Fraunhofen chummily called the cardinal “Rindviech”: A stupid fool.

Ratzinger had known about H. for a long time. Years before the events in Garching, the Church learned of two boys whom H. had abused in Essen. At the time, he was working as a chaplain in the Essen diocese. Instead of informing the police, the parents turned to the local priest. The Church reacted by transferring H. to Munich. He was to receive treatment with fear of punishment.

On January 3, 1980, the canon in Essen asked his colleague in Munich whether H. could be transferred to a diocese in Bavaria. He said there was “a risk” with the chaplain and he must “undergo psychiatric-therapeutic treatment in Munich” and “live with a priest”. He wrote that there was no trial pending against H. and that he could “be used for prayer services and liturgical services in the congregation” as well as religious instruction in a girls’ school. The Munich canon noted in their records for the vicar general that the matter would be decided during their ordinary meeting on January 15, 1980,  and suggested that H. be posted as the priest in the congregation which he later served following his transfer to Munich.”

From the start, both the Essen and Munich dioceses assumed that H. was able to work in a congregation again. A possible withdrawal from congregation work was never open to debate. The decision was made on January 15 at the meeting headed by then-Archbishop of Munich, Cardinal Ratzinger. The New York Times reported in 2010 that as archbishop, Ratzinger was aware of decision to reinstate H. in congregation work despite the risk he posed. The Church denied this at that time. Although “the archbishop of the time (and later Pope Benedict XVI) participated in the decision about the priest’s treatment”, Ratzinger was not responsible for assigning him pastoral work, according to a statement from the Vatican. A vicar general named Gerhard Gruber who also assumed responsibility for this. Today, the diocese somewhat dilutes the strong denial of 10 years ago: “The files do not show how intensely Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger involved himself in the case of H.”

Despite its denial, the Church admits one thing: Cardinal Ratzinger knew about the case of H. during his time as archbishop. And later, as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Ratzinger did nothing to protect the children of the congregation in Bavaria from the priest.

Ratzinger on H.’s Doorstep

This brings us to a notable encounter in the year 2000. According to information obtained by CORRECTIV, Ratzinger, who would later become Pope, met H. at least once when he wanted to visit his friend von Soden-Fraunhofen in Engelsberg. At the time, Ratzinger was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, the second-in-command after the Pope. Today he denies having met H.

The auxiliary bishop was already very sick when H. excitedly told him about his encounter with Ratzinger, said former parish councilor Mittermeier. He still remembers the conversation vividly: Ratzinger stood on the doorstep of the rectory in Garching and rang the doorbell. Mr. Mittermeier said that H. asked, “Can you imagine who was at my door last night?” Mr. Mittelmeier said that of course, he had no idea. H. told him it was Ratzinger himself. The to-be Pope had told him that “he wanted to see his fellow student von Soden-Fraunhofen.” However, since he was already very sick, he had not opened the door. Then Ratzinger asked H. to phone his friend. Subsequently, the cardinal visited von Soden-Fraunhofen. “But I didn’t know whether H. went along,” said Mr. Mittermeier. H. had also mentioned meeting with Ratzinger while speaking to representatives of the Church about child abuse in 2010. The conversation is filed in Church records.

At the request of CORRECTIV, the Archdiocese of Munich confirmed that personnel files note that Joseph Ratzinger visited von Soden-Fraunhofen in January 2000. “The ordinariate has no knowledge of a meeting between Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and H.,” wrote the spokesman of the diocese. After the publication of this investigation, the diocese of Munich corrected their previous statement: they confirmed that church files contained testimonies of H. about the meeting with Ratzinger.

The Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI did not answer direct requests for comment from CORRECTIV and Frontal21 at first. One day after the publication of this investigation, his personal private secretary, Georg Gänswein, called ZDF and explained on behalf of Ratzinger: “It is correct that he visited the auxiliary bishop in 2000, because he was very ill”. But Benedict XVI never met H. in person, according to Gänswein. During the visit to the auxiliary bishop, they “did not talk about H.”, remembers Ratzinger today. “It was known that H. lived in the same parish where von Soden was”, said Gänswein. “Benedict does not know anything else”. 

Thus, the two friends, Ratzinger and von Soden-Fraunhofen, were in contact while H. served the congregations in Garching and Engelsberg alongside the auxiliary bishop. Ratzinger was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. But the auxiliary bishop died six months later, in July.

Following the visit to von Soden-Fraunhofen, Ratzinger did not do anything to remove H. from office. There was no question or concern, no investigation, no consequences. On the contrary: H. continued to work in Garching for eight years. He continued to train altar boys and teach schoolchildren. Parents entrusted their children to the clergyman. Thanks to his appointed position and the cardinal’s silence, he was given countless opportunities to surround himself with minors. It is not certain whether he molested more children. H. declined multiple requests for comment from CORRECTIV.

Barred by the Statute of Limitations, Forgotten, Dead

The Church only first intervened in 2008. H. was transferred to Bad Tölz, also in Bayern, where he would be a chaplain for tourists. He would no longer work with children. But the congregation was outraged, and many members wrote letters to Munich petitioning to keep their priest.

But the new Archbishop Marx insisted. At the time, the Church had just been shaken by the abuse scandals in Bonn, Aachen and Trier – and Marx had the files about the abuse cases sent to him. Unlike former Archbishop Ratzinger, he feels compelled to intervene now. Still, he did not make anything public.

But with time, word about Peter H. and his abuses got out. In 2010, the public prosecutor’s office in Munich investigated the priest’s sexual abuse of children in Garching up until 1993. Although the investigation was discontinued due to the statute of limitations, the connection between Ratzinger and H. made it into public view and the media put pressure on the Church, which finally withdrew H.’s permission to practice pastoral care. A Church court would investigate the alleged instances. Unlike German criminal law, the Church suspends the statute of limitations for sexual abuse. New victims came forward to both the public prosecutor and the Church.

Franz Josef Overbeck, Bishop of Essen, and Cardinal Reinhard Marx conducted the Church’s investigations. The case of H. became a matter for those in the top of the ranks. But it also not about the victims in this case. In 2012, the Bishop of Essen sent a letter – a copy of which was obtained by CORRECTIV – to Cardinal Marx, stating his actual end goal: “You, the same as I, know that the case of Peter H. is unfortunately linked to our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI by many media representatives”, wrote the Bishop of Essen. “(…) in this context, I would like to discuss and agree with you how we can ensure that Peter H. is accompanied and watched.”

In response to CORRECTIV and Frontal21, Bishop Overbeck wrote that he wanted to advance and accelerate the canonical procedure: “My expectations were that, given its dimension, the case of H. had to be brought to a conclusion as quickly as possible.” When asked about the letter, Cardinal Marx’s spokesman said that the investigation concerned “the entire previous activity of H.”, thus including the “years of Archbishop Ratzinger’s term in office”.

Simultaneously, reports by those who said they were abused by H. piled up. According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, in March 2010 the Ordinariate of the Dioceses of Essen and Freising investigated two cases. Internal documents show that the Church questioned H. that same year. But he remained silent on the advice of his attorney. He did not want to deny the allegations.

In September 2018, an article was published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung which referenced an instance of abuse in Garching. No location and nor names are indicated in the article. However, it describes a case in which the priest in question allegedly abused a 14-year-old boy during confession. At the time, the child’s father noticed how his son began repeatedly destroying the genital areas of plush toys. But the Church didn’t believe the father or his son. According to the FAZ article, the child received psychological treatment. The FAZ writes that the priest and the Church denied the allegation.

But one Garching resident backed the family’s claims. He was acquainted with the father. Another resident told CORRECTIV that he attended group therapy for people who had been abused with the boy. He said that in one session, the boy, today an adult man, collapsed. Several attempts by CORRECTIV to contact the boy were left unanswered. A spokesperson for diocese of Munich confirmed the instance to CORRECTIV and Frontal21: “The Archiepiscopal Ordinariate of Munich took the traumatization of those affected very seriously and provided financial aid.” The diocese did not comment on the fact that  the Church court did not believe the man abused. 

Altogether, information from diocese contacted throughout this investigation show that there were “three victims who had concrete accusations” in Garching: One instance that lasted from 1987 to 1993, one in 1994 and another in 1996. Two of the confirmed cases happened concurrent with Auxiliary Bishop von Soden-Fraunhofen’s time as H.’s supervisor, when he repeatedly reported that everything was fine. The diocese wrote that all three cases were closed by the public prosecutor’s office due to the statute of limitations, but that it made payments to the families in two.

Priest Peter H.’s child abuse has not been legally proven in Garching. But the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Munich II is looking into the allegations again and checking “whether there are further acts and whether investigations are to be started,” according to a statement submitted to CORRECTIV.

Insinuations or complaints remain barred by the statute of limitations, and people are still suffering because nobody believes them. However, reports from Essen, Garching, Munich and Grafing show clearly how Priest Peter H. took advantage of young boys: how he created opportunities for himself and abused his power. H. could contribute to the clarification. But he keeps silent.

In 2018, following emerging scandals, the Catholic Church released an internal study of instances of pastoral abuse. The case of H. is not the only one that shook the German Church. They had documented instances of sexual abuse in Berlin at Canisius College; in Bonn at the Aloisius College; in Aachen at a Benedictine abbey. They also recognized sexual abuse in Ettal and in the choir at the Cathedral of Regensburg. The news of systematic abuse in institutions of the Church came in fast. Cardinal Marx and the German Bishops’ Conference knew they had to act and agreed to have all cases of sexual abuse in Germany after WWII investigated by an independent commission. The study was then presented in Fulda, in Hessen. The names of the victims and of the perpetrators were kept anonymous, but the sheer dimension was devastating. Over 70 years, 1,670 priests and members of the clergy were alleged of sexual abuse. There were 3,677 people who had been abused. Cynically, the study notes that, on average, there were only 2.5 victims for every accused priest. But that’s only the number of cases that had been reported – the true figure may be much higher. A pedophile who is protected by the Church is unlikely to stop after just two or three abuses. The case of Peter H. shows that number of children abused by a single priest can be greater than 10 times that estimate. 

Indeed, the findings of this investigation show that it is likely that H. began abusing children earlier than is known and that more boys than assumed are his victims.

The Naked Chaplain

The coal city of Bottrop is located in the northern Ruhr area. This is where it all began, in the neo-Gothic St. Cyriac church. It was here that Peter H. began working as a chaplain for the first time after his ordination in 1973. It was also here, at a café near the church, that three men met one evening last October. CORRECTIV reached out people who were abused by H. and asked if they were willing to share their experiences. Now, they are in their mid-50s. They all know H. from when they were altar boys. They all claim to be victims.

Markus Elstner is one of them. For years, suppressed the effects of abuse, turning to alcohol to relieve the pain. When H.’s story first appeared in the media in 2010, and he saw the face of his former abuser flickering on the screens, it was like a “flashback”, he said.

Mr. Elstner comes from a difficult family background. His father wanted to the kill the whole family, he shot his wife before killing himself. From time to time the children had to stay in a shelter. Then his mother turned to the Catholic Church for support, where she met H., then a young chaplain.

He offered to take care of little Markus, saying that he wanted to help the mother. She accepted gratefully. So H. followed through: He invited young Elstner to his home and gave him cigarettes and wine. Then, porn movies began to follow. Finally, he would start touching the boy. Visits ended with fellatio, said Mr. Elstner. And while cigarettes and heavy drinking often signaled the start of an abusive episode, H. raged against drinking and smoking while playing his role in the Bottrop parish.

Elstner says he was abused on more than 20 occasions. Even after H. was transferred to Essen, he called the mother and tried to persuade her to send her son for a visit. He would even pay for the ticket. But Elstner, now 14, found the strength to fight back. He refused to go and convinced the mother against the trip. He did not have to get on the bus.

Dirk Bongartz also opened up about his experiences with H. It happened before communion. The chaplain invited him to spend the night, and his mother obliged, sending his older brother and one of his friends along, too. While the older boys slept in their own room, H. wanted to spend the night alone with young Bongartz. The chaplain put on a bathrobe. Finally, he stripped naked and lied down naked with the child.

“I didn’t like it, I didn’t want to,” said Mr. Bongartz, stating that he also said so at the time. It was only because of his brother and his friend in the other room that H. finally stopped and he was able to get out of the situation. “It was an awful night,” Mr. Bongartz said, adding that he  has not spoken to anyone about the event – but that at the time, his brother’s expression said: “Now you know what he is.”

The Guardian of Morality

For years, the pattern continued: Peter H. abused young boys with impunity and under the protection of the Church. Through wine and small gifts, he subdued children who, in his role as a priest, he should have protected. When the scandal threatened to blow up, the Church moved H. to a new location.

He had no need to fear punishment. Bishops and cardinals covered for him, always allowing the opportunity to look for new victims.

Even when the abuse scandals surfaced and shook the foundations of the Church, its members did not search for victims on its own initiative. In fact, H. has only been convicted by the Church’s internal court in seven instances – even though they have evidence from 23 people who alleged sexual abuse. In 2020, even the Diocese of Essen and Munich estimate there are 28 victims.

To this day, H. lives as a free man.

As the three men in Bottrop talk about Priest Peter H. at the coffee table, other names come up. Two brothers, also abused. One drank himself to death, the other is in bad shape. So-and-so and what’s his name were also abused by H. 

After years of the Church supressing the truth, Elstner wants justice. He has retained an attorney and is fighting for damages. So far, he has received 9,000 euros. But Mr. Elstner wants more. His attorney, Andreas Schulz, considers that the Church, with its constant denial and cover-ups, is to blame for the life-long mental devastation of his client. The attorney believes this also applies to others who have suffered because of the Church’s inaction. He is demanding 500,000 euros from the Church, and that statute of limitations for child abuse be suspended. He said that the fate of his client shows that “children repress this and only become aware of what was done to them much later, by means of painful therapy sessions.” It is not admissible that this should act as protection for perpetrators.

“For responsible individuals in the dioceses, it has been clear for years that H. was abusing boys indiscriminately,” said attorney Schulz. The case shows the whole “entanglement of the Church” up to Pope Emeritus Benedict. Firstly, Ratzinger was archbishop when an abuser came from Essen to Munich and was allowed to continue to work in parishes. Secondly, a confidant of Ratzinger leads a parish together with H., after the conviction of the latter, even though he knew of the risk. And in 2000 Ratzinger even stood on H.’s doorstep in Garching.

“The Church has done nothing for decades to protect the children. It has hidden these things and hushed them up and, from my client’s perspective, acted like a pedocriminal association,” Schulz said. 

Mr. Elstner puts it even more clearly: “For me, the Church is an institution in which pedophiles have been protected.”

This text was updated on February, 19, 2020 to add new statements from the diocese of Munich and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

If this story has moved you because of your own experiences with the Church, know that our investigation into the abuses of Priest H. continues. If you know H., be it from Bottrop, Essen, Munich, Grafing, Garching, Engelsberg or Bad Tölz, please contact us. Every lead is valuable. We treat all communication as confidentially. You can contact Marcus Bensmann at marcus.bensmann@correctiv.org or use our anonymous mailbox.

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Massachusetts Episcopal priest pleads guilty to child porn possession

Massachusetts Episcopal priest pleads guilty to child porn possession
By Michael Gryboski
https://www.christianpost.com/us/massachusetts-episcopal-priest-pleads-guilty-to-child-porn-possession.html

The Rev. Gregory Lisby of Christ Church gives an invocation at a Community Meals, Inc. event in 2011
The Rev. Gregory Lisby of Christ Church gives an invocation at a Community Meals, Inc. event in 2011

An Episcopal priest in Massachusetts who formerly taught kindergarten and had recently been suspended by his diocese has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

The Rev. Gregory Lisby of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts pleaded guilty to one count of child porn possession last week. He could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Last September, Lisby was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after authorities uncovered evidence that Lisby possessed approximately 180 images and 15 videos that likely depicted child pornography.

The evidence was discovered during a search of Lisby’s home, which he shared with his husband, the Rev. Timothy Burger of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Worcester, and their two daughters.

Burger has not been implicated in any of the charges and has filed for divorce from Lisby. The diocese considers Burger to be in good standing.

Bishop Douglas J. Fisher sent out a pastoral announcement in response to the news, stating that the diocese was undertaking an official “disciplinary process” to remove Lisby from the priesthood.

“In addition, even after he is released from prison, Lisby will not be permitted any contact with congregations in this diocese without my express permission,” wrote Fisher last week.

“Please know that we take the safety of children very seriously in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, and our clergy and lay leaders participate in the safe church training programs mandated by the Episcopal Church.”

Fisher also explained that the diocese has recently received what he called “devastating credible evidence” that Lisby sexually abused a teenager years ago.

“I am deeply saddened to know that a priest is alleged to have committed such a grievous sin, and on behalf of the entire church, I offer my most heartfelt apology to the victim, the victim’s family and to everyone whose trust in the church has been violated,” Fisher continued.

“I cannot undo this terrible situation, but I can commit our diocese to telling the truth and seeking healing and reconciliation for anyone who has been harmed by Lisby.”

Lisby previously served in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, in New Jersey. This included time at Christ Church of Ridgewood from June 2010 through May 2015.

The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, bishop of the Newark Diocese, said in a statement last September that there was no evidence that Lisby engaged in misconduct while serving at Christ Church.

“At this time, there is no indication of this behavior during the Rev. Lisby’s tenure in this diocese. Still, we will monitor this investigation carefully and are ready to launch a diocesan investigation if deemed necessary,” wrote Hughes at the time.

“We join the people of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts in praying for all children exploited by child pornography, and for the Reverends Burger, Lisby, and their family.”

A Lesson to Christians on why? YOU DO NOT TELL SOMEONE THEY ARE GOING TO HELL!!!

Yes, I am an atheist. Yes, I do not believe in your god, nor your Jesus, nor your bible, nor your religion. Your god and your religion is just one of many of humanity. Your god is as real as the Muslims’ god, the Jewish god, or the old Pagan Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Welch, Anglo, Saxxon, etc gods and religions. NO ONE can prove to me their god is real. That would be like proving to me? That the sound of thunder is the sound of the voice of your god, which? If you actually read your buybulls and studied your history of this god? That is what he actually was to the Jews, their version of Thor, the Thunder god.

Be that as it may? I am doing this posting on the topic of why NO CHRISTIAN SHOULD EVER TELL ANYONE THEY ARE GOING TO HELL!!! And? This posting is a result of a set of comments on the posting Is the Bible Creating Atheists?

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2020/02/23/is-the-bible-creating-atheists/

Satan, because without a scapegoat you might have to take personal responsibility for your own actions.

This is an edited response to Becky, one of the commentors.

ONE of the worst things ANY Christian can tell someone like myself or ANY victim or survivor of a rape by a Christian priest or pastors is that they would be going to hell if they do not accept your Jesus!!!

Why do I say this?

Because that is one of the tools that these Christian pedophile perverts used with great effect to silence us. Now here is my personal example, but it applies to most of the victims and survivors. If you were to read any of their stories? You would see how much this is typical for all of us. When we speak of these nightmares? Think of vivid lucid dreaming, where this shit is real to you. You feel everything, you experience everything, and it is constant, night after night after night. I am sure some of you have had dreams that felt so real it was as if you were not dreaming but you were actually there. This is what these nightmares are like.

Brain-washing in the horrors of hell

It's YOUR God.
They're YOUR rules.
YOU go to hell.

Now, when you grow up in the RCC like I did? Hell is drilled into your head big time. They tell you with great detail the horrors of hell. They brainwash you into this by putting great fear into your head, your heart and soul about the horrors of hell and they also drill into you the commandments of god from the OT that you were to stone to death mouthy kids, and all the other shit that happened to kids, like the 42 kids in the Prophet Elisha’s story. The second part of the brainwashing is? A priest tells you to do something? That is like God and Jesus himself telling you to do something. YOU NEVER QUESTION a priest, or a leader of the church. You do? YOU are going to hell. So can you understand this so far? I am sure you can.

Hell used to silence the victims
Hell is probably full of Christians, just like American prisons

Then? When you get raped by these scumbags? They use the brain-washing horrors of hell to keep you silent and it works perfectly.

My rape started out with one pedo priest, Father Leon Gaulin, right after the cops dropped me off at the church. He was real disgusting. He had me saying Our Fathers and Hail Mary’s as he raped me anally in the places bedroom. Hell, I can still to this day see it in my mind. The wool blankets, the dark headboard, the wastebasket I eventually tried to puke in after he forced me to perform oral sex on him. But? It was while he was raping me anally that he started using the horrors of hell to control me. Saying over and over to me if I told anyone about his “special healing” of me I would burn in hell for all eternity. I do not know if you can understand what that is like for a Roman Catholic brain-washed kid, but hey…it is not something you would want done to you.

And? There you are, having this done to you, in a fucking church no less, well the church buildings bedroom, and you, deep inside yourself, are begging, screaming and praying to god and Jesus to make this shit stop and it does not? Well another brain-washing tool used is that if god or Jesus did not answer your prayers? Then it was their will for what was happening to keep happening. So again, you are being raped by a Christian Roman Catholic priest, you have the horrors of hell drilled into you being used against you, your prayers have failed so you feel this is what god and Jesus want to have done to you and you? Go literally insane.

Then? When they gang-raped me? Even though Gaulin drugged me with a glass of water after he raped me? My sub-conscious recorded everything. When I first came out about this as an adult? I only remembered what Gaulin did to me, until he gave me that glass of water to drink. But now?After years of great therapy and lots of work? Well as one of my favorite Five Finger Death Punch song goes? I Remember Everything now. I remember every damn thing Gaulin, Desmond and McQue did to me at St Thomas More parish in Durham NH that night and why I tried to kill myself not soon afterwards for the first of many times.

They took their turns with me on that damn altar and they used the horrors of hell over and over again, same type of shit that Gaulin used. Imagine being a kid, stretched, bent over an altar of a church, three damn Christian pedophile priests taking turns, raping your ass, and telling you again, over and over, you tell anyone you are going to hell and this is what God and Jesus is giving you as a punishment for backtalking your father and breaking the commandments.

And this is why when some Christian? Tells me or someone who went through this that if they do not accept their god and Lord and Savior they will be going to hell? That is why we go off so freaking psycho at times.

Welcome to my Nightmares
It's your hell, YOU burn in it!!!

Not soon afterwards? The nightmares began. First? I would be in the family car, the old station wagon we used to have, the one where my little brother Ricky suffered an accident with a huge scythe. We would be going over the bridge over Great Bay, a trip we took a lot really. At first? It would be horrible storms, a huge tidal wave, almost hurricane weather and we would be blown off the bridge. Then it became sheets of literal fire coming down the bay to engulf us all in the car. After my second serious suicide attempt? They got really, really bad. And because of them? I became a pyro.

I started burning things. I would burn down old abandoned houses, set fire to woods, and then one day I got arrested for blowing up an abandoned truck almost in the center of town. I was literally acting out what was going on in my nightmares. Because they changed to my now being in hell, being gang raped by the demons of hell, just like I was gang raped by those priests in that church.

The demons? Were the priests with demon faces. And I would wake up from this shit screaming, drenched in sweat. Why? Because one of the demon priests would say to me, see, I told you what would happen if you told anyone about your special healing and he would bite off my dick. See why I would wake up screaming. Again realize, these are very lucid nightmares, YOU feel the heat of hell, you see the flames, it is just like you were brain-washed into believing. The demons are real in these nightmares, you feel it all, the pain, it is like living that night of horror all over again, each and every time you have these nightmares. But now? You are in hell having this done to you.

So the billions of people who existed before "Your Jesus" are burning in hell for being born too early in history?

You say you are a Christian? Then practice love, patience and understanding instead of telling someone they are going to hell. YOU may never know what they went through and why they might literally snap on you and throw all kinds of nasty disgusting words at you. It is not personal, it is you telling us that we are going to hell that causes our PTSD to react to you and what you said to us. Understand that the word HELL is a huge trigger for people like us. YOU have no idea what this is like for us. Yes, I am an atheist, but the horrors of hell brain-washing technique is one of the hardest of all brain-washing techniques to overcome, especially? When it is used in this fashion against you.

So when someone tells me, or many other victims and survivors that if we do not accept their god and Jesus we would spend an eternity in hell? Christians should try to understand why victims and survivors have such as myself have a mental blow out reaction when we are told this. Again!!!

It is nothing really personal against the Christian saying this to us, it is just the fact that those who raped our bodies? Those who raped our minds? Those who raped our souls? Our hearts? Used the horrors of hell to torment and torture many of us into silence. Most ask why do we wait so long before we speak of what happened to us? Well this is one of the main reasons.

So Christians?

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK TO SOMEONE, ESPECIALLY US ATHEISTS, BECAUSE THERE MAY BE? A DAMN GOOD REASON WHY? WE ARE ATHEISTS AND SOME OF THE WORDS YOU DO USE TO US? ARE TRIGGERS, WORDS THAT WERE USED BY CHRISTIAN PRIESTS AND PASTORS, WELL VERSED IN BRAIN-WASHING YOU INTO THE HORRORS OF THEIR HELL, AND THEN USING IT TO DESTROY YOUR LIVES, DESTROY EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU FOR THEIR SICK AND TWISTED, PERVERTED, PEDOPHILE PLEASURE.

Local Churches Have Become Primary Lairs for Abusers

And? Here is the proof.

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2020/02/22/pedophilia-is-rampant-in-the-christian-religion/

Here is the proof in these links to these websites that constantly exposes these damn disgusting, perverted, pedophile priests and pastors.

Roman Catholic Pedophiles

Bishops Accountability’s Abuse Tracker blog. The archives here? Go all the way back to 2003. They started to add all the other reports from all the other Christian denominations of predatory, Christian pastors who have been busted for raping children.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker/

Database of Publicly Accused Roman Catholic Priests, Nuns, Brothers, Deacons, and Seminarians in the United States
This is just the database for priests in the United States, filled with over 10,000 named Catholic priests, brothers, nuns and sisters busted for raping and abusing children.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/member/index.jsp

A state by state listing, though not complete, of Roman Catholic priest busted for pedophilia.

https://mersonlaw.com/catholic-diocese-clergy-priest-sex-abuse-list/

A listing of the pedophile priests busted in Ireland.

https://bishoppatbuckley.blog/2019/09/18/full-list-of-irish-clerical-and-religious-abusers-from-bishopaccountability-org/

101 priests in single diocese accused of abuse in 40 years
https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/101-priests-in-single-diocese-accused-of-abuse-in-40-years-268345.html

PEDOPHILE PRIEST WHO RAPED 200 CHILDREN FORGIVEN BY THE POPE: James Porter, the evil priest who raped over 200 children, confessed his pedophilia to the Pope who decided it best to “forgive and forget”, it has been revealed.By ignoring his pedophile confession, the Pope left Father Porter to sexually abuse many more children that could’ve otherwise been spared.

https://hnewswire.com/pedophile-priest/

Deaf children raped and abused in Argentina’s “little house of God” Nun latest to be arrested in pedophile scandal involving Catholic clergy at school in Mendoza. Details are emerging of long-standing sex abuse at a school for deaf children run by the Roman Catholic Church in the Argentinean city of Mendoza. The revelations come after the arrest on May 5 of a nun at the school, Kumiko Kosaka, on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at the Antonio Provolo Institute, authorities said. She was also charged with physically abusing the students to identify the most submissive ones.

https://english.elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/15/inenglish/1494846873_269569.html

Shamed: Pope Francis Says “Accusers Are Friends or Relatives of The Devil” Pope Francis: People Constantly Accusing Church of Wrongdoing Are Friends, Relatives to Devil

“Whose is the office of the accuser! The devil! And those who spend their life accusing, accusing, accusing, are – I will not say children, because the devil does not have any – but friends, cousins, relatives of the devil. He who loves the Church knows how to forgive, because he knows that he himself is a sinner and is in need of God’s forgiveness.

Pope Francis

https://www.newsweek.com/pope-francis-people-constantly-accusing-church-wrongdoing-are-friends-1337056

Protestant Church Pedophiles

“25 MORE SHOCKING ARRESTS”: Protestant Pastors Charged With Sex Crimes

http://www.awkwardmomentsbible.com/shocking-pastors-on-the-prowl/

Southern Baptist Pedophiles

Stop Baptist Predators Organization database exposing Baptist Pedophile Pastors.

This “little light” shines for the many clergy abuse victims whose voices have been silenced. Silenced by shame. Silenced by the false instruction of religious leaders. Silenced by church shunning and bullying. Silenced by church contracts for secrecy. Silenced by suicide. The mission of StopBaptistPredators.org is to break the silence of Baptist clergy sex abuse.

http://www.stopbaptistpredators.org/index.htm

Ministers who have brought scandal to the Southern Baptist Convention: A-K

http://www.stopbaptistpredators.org/scandals/sbc_ministers.html

Ministers who brought scandal to the Southern Baptist Convention: L-Z

http://www.stopbaptistpredators.org/scandals/sbc_ministers_2.html

Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against Southern Baptist Church: An investigation has found that around 380 Southern Baptist church ministers, deacons, leaders and volunteers have been credibly accused or convicted or sexual abuse in the last 20 years. The sexual misconduct allegations involve over 700 victims, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News. Out of nearly 400 perpetrators, about 220 have been convicted of sex crimes, 90 remain in prison, and another 100 are registered sex offenders. Tragically, investigators found evidence of the Southern Baptist leadership systematically covering up sex abuse allegations and moving sex offenders to other churches. In fact, at least 10 churches re-hired pastors, ministers and volunteers who had been charged with sexual misconduct, including many who were registered sex offenders. Another problem is that SBC churches have continued to employ men who were accused or convicted of sexual assault. Pastors Leslie Mason, Michael Lee Jones and Joseph S. Ratliff all continued to work within the SBC church after being accused of sexual misconduct. Survivors of sexual abuse in the SBC church demanded a database of sexual abusers in 2008, but the proposed reforms were rejected. Church leaders claimed that creating a database of sex abusers might infringe on the autonomy of individual churches.

https://www.schmidtlaw.com/sex-abuse-lawsuits-filed-against-southern-baptist-church/

Church of God Pedophiles

Children Of God: The Sex Cult That Preached Pedophilia, Prostitution & The Apocalypse

https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/id-shows/children-of-god-sex-cult-pedophilia-prostitution-apocalypse-david-berg-river-phoenix

Children of God cult was ‘hell on earth’

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-44613932

Jehovah Witnesses Pedophiles

Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of silencing victims of child abuse: Scores of alleged victims come forward and describe culture of cover-up in religious group in UK

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/25/jehovahs-witnesses-accused-of-silencing-victims-of-child-abuse-uk

Secret Documents Reveal Sex Abuse Scandal in Jehovah’s Witnesses Church

https://www.newsweek.com/secret-documents-sex-scandal-jehovahs-witnesses-church-faith-leaks-776796

The Secret Database of Child Abuse: A former Jehovah’s Witness is using stolen documents to expose allegations that the religion has kept hidden for decades.

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/03/the-secret-jehovahs-witness-database-of-child-molesters/584311/

The Episcopal Pedophile Clergy

ECUSA: A History of Sexual Abuse by Clergy: Hundreds of Episcopal Pedophile Priests exposed in this story

https://virtueonline.org/ecusa-history-sexual-abuse-clergy

Chile Catholic Episcopal Conference Raided In Pedophile Priest Probe

Chilean authorities are raiding the headquarters of the Catholic Church’s Episcopal Coverence as part of a wide-ranging probe into clerical sex abuse in the South American country.  The Tuesday raids are occurring in the most important building of the Chilean church in the capital of Santiago, say prosecutors. Authorities recently summoned the archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, to appear and testify about the alleged cover-up of sexual abuse which had been going on for decades. 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-14/chile-catholic-episcopal-conference-raided-pedophile-priest-probe

Methodist Church Pedophiles

Methodist Church in child sexual abuse scandal spanning decades: The Methodist Church in Britain (MCB) published a damning report from an independent inquiry on Thursday, which found nearly 2,000 incidents of physical and sexual abuse going back as far as 1950. The inquiry was carried out by Jane Stacey, former deputy chief executive of the children’s charity Barnados, and took three years to complete its findings. It considered all cases that ministers and members of the church could remember as well as those for which there were written records. These included cases that were carried out within the church and those that were reported to the church, but which occurred away from it. The 1,885 cases identified included sexual, physical, emotional and domestic abuse including cases of neglect. Some 26 percent of cases were carried out by actual church ministers, and in 61 of these the police were involved, including six ongoing police investigations. Allegations of sexual abuse made up the largest number of cases. One of the cases involved the grooming of teenage girls on Facebook, while another involved a minster allegedly making sexual advances on children.

https://www.rt.com/uk/262809-methodist-church-sex-abuse/

Methodist Church apologises for abuse spanning decades: The UK’s Methodist Church has made a public apology after an investigation uncovered reports of nearly 2,000 alleged abusers – including 914 allegations involving sexual abuse.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32909444

United Methodists Confront Sexual Misconduct in the Church: The reality of sexual misconduct and abuse within the church has prompted United Methodists to come together this week to confront the problem and discuss ways to make the church a safe place. “I estimate that at least one-third to one-half of the dozens of victim-survivors I’ve counseled during the past eight years have left the church, either in shame or frustration, because they found no justice or healing,” she told hundreds of lay and clergy leaders during the Do No Harm 2011 sexual ethics summit in Houston this week.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/united-methodists-confront-sexual-misconduct-in-the-church.html

Church Employee in Alabama Faces Whistleblower Retaliation Amidst Reports of Penn-State Style Pedophile Cover-Up

https://cspac-all.blogspot.com/p/church-employee-in-alabama-faces.html

Now, new information is coming from a former United Methodist employee in that region, who not only reports possession of victim and documented evidence implicating sexual molestation and clergy sexual misconduct in two other area churches, but claims whistleblower retaliation by senior denominational leadership in an apparent Penn State-style cover-up attempt to preserve ministry positions, while knowingly compounding both victims’ and family members’ losses, which includes propelling the complainant’s family into abject poverty and loss of their housing. That family is only days away from becoming homeless.

Local police have reportedly indicated to the former employee, they have begun investigations into possible extortion in reference to actions taken in the cover-up scheme, allegedly substantiated by documented contact with the same denominational leaders involved in damage control for their United Methodist District and State Conference regarding the Sheffield First United Methodist Church pedophile scandal.

Church documents provided by members and public position statements by denominational leaders involved in the pedophile case have recently surfaced in media reports, strongly suggest a long-standing awareness of the presence of ongoing, decades-long molestation of multiple boys by a music and youth minister, from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. Locals state that rumors of a predatory molester in the church, have repeatedly surfaced for decades.

Presbyterian Church Pedophiles

Presbyterian Church (USA) Hit by Abuse Scandal: The Presbyterian Church (USA), one of the most liberal of the nation’s mainline denominations, has found itself in the middle of a scandal over sexual abuse of minors that occurred for a number of years at overseas missions facilities run by the church. The most high-profile instance so far involves a California man who is suing the denomination, alleging that he was molested by an older boy in 1988 at a church-operated boarding house in Africa, and that church authorities on site allowed it to occur.

In the lawsuit, Sean Coppedge, whose parents were Presbyterian missionaries in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, charges that although those operating the boarding house in Kinshasa were aware of allegations that the son of a Presbyterian missionary couple had sexually abused another boy at the facility, he was allowed to return to the house, where he later abused Coppedge as well.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Louisville, Kentucky, where the PC-USA is headquartered, states that the denomination had received reports before 1988 of alleged abuse at the facility and that it “knew or should have known … that its mission children were vulnerable to sexual abuse.” Coppedge is seeking damages for emotional distress, lost wages, the cost of counseling, and other injuries.

The charge by Coppedge is one of many detailed in a 546-page report that represents the findings of an independent panel commissioned by the church. The panel, which spent several years investigating charges of physical and sexual abuse involving the children of missionaries serving overseas from the 1950s to 1990, ultimately named nine individuals, including ministers ordained with the denomination, whom the panel determined had abused children.

A similar investigation in 2002 had found “overwhelming” evidence that a Presbyterian minister and missionary had sexually abused at least 22 girls and women over a 40-year period, both in Africa and the United States, and, additionally, that between 1968 and 1970 a male Methodist missionary had abused children of Presbyterian missionaries at the same Kinshasa facility where Coppedge says he was abused.

https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/family/item/657-presbyterian-church-usa-hit-by-abuse-scandal

Other cases of Christian pedophiles

3 Ohio Pastors, 3 Churches, 3 Victims (1 shared) – Child Sex Trafficking

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/ohio-pastor-sex-trafficking.html

In November, 2017 Cordell Jenkins, Kenneth Butler, and Anthony J. Haynes were indicted and charged with child sex trafficking and child pornography. For starters, these men were all sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, in hotels, at Greater Life Christian Center in Toledo, and at Abundant Life Ministries, dating back to 2014. Haynes gave the girl hush money and told her not to tell anyone or it would ruin his life, as well as recorded the sexual assaults on his cellphone. He also arranged her being abused by several other men, including Jenkins, who even abused her at his own home. Jenkins also abused a second girl in March of 2017.

In addition to Butler’s involvement with this 14-year-old girl, he was also indicted on sex trafficking charges of a third girl. He was a pastor at Kingdom Encounter Family Worship.

Despite these detestable acts, in January 2019, Alisa Haynes and Alexis Fortune, the wife and step-daughter of Anthony Haynes were charged for abducting one of the victims at gunpoint and warning her not to testify at trial. They removed the victim from her apartment, choked her with a cord and told her to take back statements she had made to investigators. Both have federal charges against them.

In February, Laura Lloyd-Jenkins, the wife of Cordell Jenkins, pleaded guilty to making false statements to investigators, including stating that she wasn’t aware of Jenkins having sex with the girl, or being aware of her age. Lloyd served as a board member for Lucas County Children Services, and had been in regular communication with one of the victims dating back to 2016. She knew the girl was a minor, and met with her in person in March 2017, along with the girl’s guardian, at a local pizza place, whereby they showed Lloyd the text messages indicating Jenkins and Haynes had been paying the girl for sex.

Investigators testified that they found searches on Lloyd-Jenkins phone on the same date she had met with the girl at the pizza place. Her searches revealed: “husband slept with 17-year-old,” “what is sex trafficking?,” “Southwest companion pass international travel,” and “find Caribbean hotels by Marriott.”

Kenneth Butler was sentenced to 17-1/2 years in prison for conspiracy to sex traffic children, obstruction of sex trafficking investigation, and two counts of sex trafficking children.

Cordell Jenkins pleaded guilty to two counts of sex trafficking of children, one count of sexual exploitation of children, and is awaiting sentencing.

Anthony Haynes, who is charged with child sex trafficking, and knowingly recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person under the age of 18, is awaiting trial. In an affidavit, it alleges that Haynes, along with a woman, engaged in sex acts on multiple occasions with a female teenager.

Nine Clergy & Deputy Sheriff Arrested in Sexual Abuse of Two Dozen Children Involving Satanic Rituals

https://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/25/us/sex-charges-follow-a-churchs-collapse.html

Not long after Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula, LA closed its doors, in 2005 an investigation into sexual abuse of children and mutilations of cats for satanic rituals ensued, landing many of the church leaders in prison, including a deputy sheriff who once lived on the church grounds.

Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards said that as many as 25 children, evenly split between boys and girls, may have been involved in sex acts at the youth center, in cars, and in homes of at least two of those charged. They believe the abuse began in 1999, and stopped occurring on the church grounds after 2003. “But nobody really believes that they just stopped abusing kids,” Sheriff Edward said.

Nine people had been arrested, and numerous computers, videotapes, computer disks, boxes containing documents and photographs, and nine bags full of costumes, were all seized, in which police believed some contained child pornography. The victims ranged in age from 1 to 16, and the police found a faint imprint of a pentagram on the floor in the youth hall located behind the sanctuary. Some that were arrested stated rituals involving cats’ blood and people dressed in black robes took place within the pentagrams.

Pastor Louis Lamonica Jr. confessed to being the head of a Satanic ring, claiming he was one of six who took part in the abuse of children, animal sacrifice, and satanic rituals. His wife, the deputy sheriff, and other church members were involved as well. Lamonica described the pentagram in the middle of the floor, a book of ‘Spells and Temptations,’ and the youth room where all of the windows were covered in black. They dedicated a baby to Satan, put the baby in a black dress in the middle of the pentagram, played satanic music, and lit candles. They would drain the blood of a cat, each drink it, and then kill the cat, removed the dress from the baby and sprinkled the blood over her/him, all while chanting around the child.

When they weren’t performing rituals on babies, they would pick up girls, the males would line up and have sex with her, and the females would perform oral sex. He also stated there was feces and urine laid around, and during these rituals he would become distorted by the Devil and demons would change him into an animal.

The others that were arrested described other disturbing scenes of bestiality, one who had abused his daughter since she was 2-months-old, and Lamonica’s own sons had given detailed accounts of long-term abuse by their father, and others they were passed around to. They later recanted their statements on the stand.

Lamonica is serving four life sentences. The others plead guilty to charges ranging from aggravated rape to sexual battery to obstruction of justice. Deputy Sheriff Christopher Labat was charged with child pornography, but charges were later dismissed. Labat had covered for these people, and when church members brought concerns to him, he dismissed them. He also had charges of obstruction of justice dismissed against one of the church members involved. Labat still resides in Louisiana, in a location where 35 registered sex offenders live close by.

Baptist Church Hires Famous Child Molester Pastor – to Make Money

https://www.jacksonville.com/article/20120204/NEWS/801258360

Pastor Darrell Gilyard of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL, was charged in 2009 for lewd or lascivious conduct to a female victim under 16-years-old, as well as lewd or lascivious molestation to a female victim under 12-years-old. He was a nationally known preacher and knew how to corral people in. He served three years, and had to register as a sex offender. No less than two months after getting out of prison, he was offered to preach at Christ Tabernacle Baptist Church. Their reason for allowing a registered sex offender to return to work at their church? They needed the money, and he was the one that could raise it. They don’t even hide this fact.

His three-year probation stipulated that he was not to have contact with minors. So, what did the church do? They barred minors from the services and he wasn’t allowed to perform marriage counseling or other pastoral work. Of course his probation officer approved, and so – minors were no longer allowed to attend service when he was preaching. Amazing. The church’s Trustee Eloise Bolden said that the church was ensuring they would hold separate youth services for minors, and that Gilyard should be forgiven and offered another shot at ministry. Once his probation period ended, the church allowed him to be around minors again.

But it wasn’t just children he sexually abused. In 2004, Gilyard admitted to fathering the child of a woman who had accused him of raping her during a counseling session. Furthermore, there are several women who claimed that Gilyard assaulted them at Texas churches in the 1980s.

Despite all of this, the church’s only concern was money. They were about to go under, so they hired on a famous child sex abuser pastor to raise money. And guess what? They did. The parents and families attending that church clearly were not concerned either. They all supported him. If one believes the false psychoanalysis that pedophilia is in fact a disease, then obviously this man cannot control himself around children. If one doesn’t believe it’s a disease, but rather a desire – the same outcome applies.

And? Even more Christian pedophiles and their cases:

Former Fayetteville Pastor Faces 142 Charges for the Rapes of Four Children

https://abc11.com/former-fayetteville-pastor-faces-142-charges-in-child-sex-crimes/2919944/

Dallas-area pastor, gospel singer arrested on multiple charges of child sex abuse Darrell Maurice Yancey, 59, of Grand Prairie was taken into custody Thursday by Arlington police. He faces three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and four counts of sexual assault of a child.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/12/22/dallas-area-pastor-gospel-singer-arrested-on-multiple-charges-of-child-sex-abuse/

Former McElwain Baptist Church deacon charged with sexual abuse of young girls turns self in

https://www.cbs42.com/news/local/former-mcelwain-baptist-church-deacon-charged-with-sexual-abuse-of-young-girls-turns-self-in/

Richland Deacon appears in court, following two child molestation charges

https://keprtv.com/news/local/richland-deacon-appears-in-court-following-two-child-molestation-charges

10 Notable Clergy Sex Scandals in 2017

https://www.christianweek.org/10-notable-clergy-sex-scandals-2017/

Voting on Morality

How about the Methodist Churches first do something about all their vile and evil pedophiles?

Methodist Church Pedophiles

Methodist Church in child sexual abuse scandal spanning decades: The Methodist Church in Britain (MCB) published a damning report from an independent inquiry on Thursday, which found nearly 2,000 incidents of physical and sexual abuse going back as far as 1950. The inquiry was carried out by Jane Stacey, former deputy chief executive of the children’s charity Barnados, and took three years to complete its findings. It considered all cases that ministers and members of the church could remember as well as those for which there were written records. These included cases that were carried out within the church and those that were reported to the church, but which occurred away from it. The 1,885 cases identified included sexual, physical, emotional and domestic abuse including cases of neglect. Some 26 percent of cases were carried out by actual church ministers, and in 61 of these the police were involved, including six ongoing police investigations. Allegations of sexual abuse made up the largest number of cases. One of the cases involved the grooming of teenage girls on Facebook, while another involved a minster allegedly making sexual advances on children.

https://www.rt.com/uk/262809-methodist-church-sex-abuse/

Methodist Church apologises for abuse spanning decades: The UK’s Methodist Church has made a public apology after an investigation uncovered reports of nearly 2,000 alleged abusers – including 914 allegations involving sexual abuse.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32909444

United Methodists Confront Sexual Misconduct in the Church: The reality of sexual misconduct and abuse within the church has prompted United Methodists to come together this week to confront the problem and discuss ways to make the church a safe place. “I estimate that at least one-third to one-half of the dozens of victim-survivors I’ve counseled during the past eight years have left the church, either in shame or frustration, because they found no justice or healing,” she told hundreds of lay and clergy leaders during the Do No Harm 2011 sexual ethics summit in Houston this week.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/united-methodists-confront-sexual-misconduct-in-the-church.html

Church Employee in Alabama Faces Whistleblower Retaliation Amidst Reports of Penn-State Style Pedophile Cover-Up

https://cspac-all.blogspot.com/p/church-employee-in-alabama-faces.html

Now, new information is coming from a former United Methodist employee in that region, who not only reports possession of victim and documented evidence implicating sexual molestation and clergy sexual misconduct in two other area churches, but claims whistleblower retaliation by senior denominational leadership in an apparent Penn State-style cover-up attempt to preserve ministry positions, while knowingly compounding both victims’ and family members’ losses, which includes propelling the complainant’s family into abject poverty and loss of their housing. That family is only days away from becoming homeless.

Local police have reportedly indicated to the former employee, they have begun investigations into possible extortion in reference to actions taken in the cover-up scheme, allegedly substantiated by documented contact with the same denominational leaders involved in damage control for their United Methodist District and State Conference regarding the Sheffield First United Methodist Church pedophile scandal.

Church documents provided by members and public position statements by denominational leaders involved in the pedophile case have recently surfaced in media reports, strongly suggest a long-standing awareness of the presence of ongoing, decades-long molestation of multiple boys by a music and youth minister, from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. Locals state that rumors of a predatory molester in the church, have repeatedly surfaced for decades.

Corporate Accountability – All Share in the Guilt of Oppressing Victims

Isn’t it funny how they always proclaim this a sin? NO, these are CRIMES, Crimes against Humanity and Crimes Against the Children of the World. They call them sins to minimize the horror that these scum do to us.

Or isn’t it funny how they proclaim it is just a few? How many exactly is a few? Ten? A hundred? A thousand? How about over one hundred thousand? Or how about over two hundred thousand? That is actually the mark that is closer to the truth, that since 1950? Over two hundred thousand Christian priests and pastors have been busted for raping children. Some of these pedo perverts? Have victim counts in the hundreds.

One SBC pastor? Raped a 12 yr old girl on the grave of her father AFTER he held the funeral services for her father.

Three SBC pastors just got sent to prison for running a child sex traffick and porn ring.

I could keep going on, but here are a couple of blogs that exposes many of the SBC pastor pedophile perverts.

Stop Baptist Predators Organization database exposing Baptist Pedophile Pastors.

This “little light” shines for the many clergy abuse victims whose voices have been silenced. Silenced by shame. Silenced by the false instruction of religious leaders. Silenced by church shunning and bullying. Silenced by church contracts for secrecy. Silenced by suicide. The mission of StopBaptistPredators.org is to break the silence of Baptist clergy sex abuse.

http://www.stopbaptistpredators.org/index.htm

Ministers who have brought scandal to the Southern Baptist Convention: A-K

http://www.stopbaptistpredators.org/scandals/sbc_ministers.html

Ministers who brought scandal to the Southern Baptist Convention: L-Z

http://www.stopbaptistpredators.org/scandals/sbc_ministers_2.html

Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against Southern Baptist Church: An investigation has found that around 380 Southern Baptist church ministers, deacons, leaders and volunteers have been credibly accused or convicted or sexual abuse in the last 20 years. The sexual misconduct allegations involve over 700 victims, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News. Out of nearly 400 perpetrators, about 220 have been convicted of sex crimes, 90 remain in prison, and another 100 are registered sex offenders. Tragically, investigators found evidence of the Southern Baptist leadership systematically covering up sex abuse allegations and moving sex offenders to other churches. In fact, at least 10 churches re-hired pastors, ministers and volunteers who had been charged with sexual misconduct, including many who were registered sex offenders. Another problem is that SBC churches have continued to employ men who were accused or convicted of sexual assault. Pastors Leslie Mason, Michael Lee Jones and Joseph S. Ratliff all continued to work within the SBC church after being accused of sexual misconduct. Survivors of sexual abuse in the SBC church demanded a database of sexual abusers in 2008, but the proposed reforms were rejected. Church leaders claimed that creating a database of sex abusers might infringe on the autonomy of individual churches.

https://www.schmidtlaw.com/sex-abuse-lawsuits-filed-against-southern-baptist-church/

Pedophilia is rampant in the christian religion

If the sincere prayers of a CHILD to god cannot stop the sexual abuse at the hands of a "man of god"...What does that say about god?

Pedophilia is rampant in the Christian religion

Literally? Millions of children have been raped by those who proclaim themselves Christians for the last 1,700 years of Christianity to the present day. From Christian priests and pastors to Christian school teachers, boy scout troop leaders and many others? Christians seem to have a problem with their not wanting to keep their hands, dicks and other things out of childrens orifices. And the biggest perpetrators of these crimes? Are Christian priests and pastors. Of course? Christians minimize and play all kinds of games with these truths and facts. Oh, they were not Christian in the first place because no Christian does such things. Well, police reports, court reports, news media reports, etc? All prove this is a damn lie.

The Scandal of Pedophilia in the Church

https://ffrf.org/faq/feeds/item/18500-the-scandal-of-pedophilia-in-the-church

Extent of the Problem

Studies about pedophiles (adults who prey sexually on children) have not investigated the extent of this crime within the ministry, or whether the ratio of pedophiles in the ministry is higher than that of comparable high-risk professions. Experts agree that the molesting minister is a subset of the dangerous class of “respected members of the community” who betray their position of authority and trust by sexually assaulting children. Many warn that molesters are often “good Christians.”

The social myth persists that a child molester is most apt to be of a low-class breed lurking in dark hallways, interested in abduction of children he does not know. In fact, most sexual abusers of children are respectable, otherwise law-abiding people who cultivate friendly relationships with their chosen prey, and may escape detection for precisely those reasons. Research agrees that the typical child molester is able to harm large numbers of children without being caught, in part, because he has already established a trusting relationship, playing on children’s sense of loyalty, vulnerability, shame, and naivete, and fortifying his power to silence them through bribery, coercion and violent threats. In the case of a molesting man of the cloth, add to these threats the supernatural ones of God’s wrath or hellfire.

The largest study of pedophiles was directed by researcher, physician and psychiatrist Gene G. Abel, M.D., of Emory University School of Medicine, for the Antisocial and Violent Behavior Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. The landmark eight-year study revealed that, “Molesters often become youth ministers, day-care workers, Boy Scout leaders, teachers, Big Brothers and pediatricians” (Dr. Abel and Nora Harlow, “The Child Abuser,” Redbook Magazine, August 1987). They add, “He is often an active Christian who is involved in his church.”

Abel’s study discovered that 403 pedophiles had molested more than 67,000 children! Pedophiles who targeted male victims averaged 282 victims, while pedophiles who targeted girls averaged 23 victims. Other studies have uncovered more traditional findings of higher incidences of abuse of girls.

Some figures are available about ministers who are child abusers. The Church Mutual Insurance Company, of Merrill, Wisconsin, which insures 46,000 churches, has seen about 200 claims against ministers for sexual abuse of children in the late eighties. The company estimated that in 1990 there were as many as 2,000 cases of sexual abuse by clergy in the courts.

Jeffrey Anderson, a Minnesota attorney who specializes in sexual abuse civil suits, was aware of more than 300 civil claims against Catholic priests in 43 states through 1991, and has handled 80 cases himself. Catholic reporter Jason Berry has tracked at least 100 civil settlements by the Catholic Church in the years 1984-1990, totaling $100 million to $300 million. Of course, many such civil cases are settled secretly.

Roman Catholic canon attorney Father Thomas Doyle has estimated that about 3,000 Roman Catholic priests are pedophiliac abusers of children (an average of 16 priestly sex abusers per diocese).

Baltimore psychotherapist and former priest A.W. Richard Sipe, author of A Secret World: Sexuality and the Search for Celibacy, 1990, made a comprehensive study of the sexual conduct of priests. As a result of his study, Harper’s Index 1990 published this statistic: “Estimated chances that a Catholic priest in the United States is sexually active: 1 in 2.” Sipe studied 1,000 priests and 500 of their “lovers” or victims. He offered this breakdown: 20% of priests are involved in sexual relationships with women; 8-10% in “heterosexual exploration,” 20% are homosexual with half of them active, 6% are pedophiles, almost 4% of them targeting boys. However, Sipes observed “the homosexual contacts are four times more likely to come to the attention of parents or authorities, especially if the sexual involvement stops short of intercourse in heterosexual cases.”

The offices of the national monthly Freethought Today out of Madison, Wisconsin, receive three to four newspaper clippings per week from readers detailing a new criminal or civil court accusation against a priest or Protestant minister. It has surveyed reported cases in North America during the years of 1988 and 1989 and found 250 reported cases of criminal charges involving child-molesting priests, ministers or ministerial staff in the United States and Canada. Of the accused clergy, 75 were Catholic priests (39.5%), and 111 were Protestant ministers (58%). Also charged were one Mormon clergyman, one occult minister and two cult ministers. Protestant cases involved equal numbers of mainstream and fundamentalist/evangelical denominations. That study revealed no rabbis charged with child molestation.

Although priests make up only about 10% of North American clergy, they were 40% of the accused, leaving the Catholic Church, which complains that the media are “priest-bashing,” with no grounds for criticism. With outcome unknown in about a fifth of the cases, the study found that 88% of all charged clergy were convicted, with slightly lower conviction rate for priests–81%.

A majority of cases did not go to trial, with 61% of accused reverends pleading guilty (53%) or no contest (8%). Three-quarters of all clergy who pleaded innocent were found guilty. About half of the Catholic priests pleading innocent were convicted.

The study revealed that Catholic priests were acquitted or dismissed of child molestation charges at a higher rate than Protestant ministers. Similarly, Catholic priests received a higher rate of suspended sentences when convicted, and when sentenced, spent considerably less time in jail Or prison. Seventy-eight percent of convicted ministers were incarcerated with sentences as brief as 30 days in jail to as long as three lifeterms. About 10% received probation only.

However, priests were incarcerated at a lower rate, with only 68.5% of convicted priests spending time in jail or prison. The average Protestant clergyman sent to prison received 11.5 years, while the average Roman Catholic priest received only 3.6 years. Of the 21 priests sent to prison, none received a sentence higher than nine years. By contrast, of 58 sentenced Protestant clergy, 45% received ten or more years, including three life sentences.

Almost twice as many priests received suspended sentences. Additionally, one priest was given treatment only as a sentence and another was channeled into pretrial intervention with charges dropped upon successful completion.

Overall, 7.4% of the cases against Protestant ministers were dismissed and 4.7% were acquitted. Cases against priests were dropped at a higher rate of 12.5% dismissal, and 6.3% acquittal.

The very high conviction rate would indicate that prosecutors tend to charge clergymen only when they feel very confident of the outcome.

In these cases, involving 190 ordained clergy and 60 nonordained clergy staff, such as Sunday school teachers, crimes mainly occurred at church locations. One convicted priest molested victims just before giving Mass. Sexual abuse occurred at the sacristy, in the rectory or church van. About half of the clergymen were officially involved in youth functions. About a third were accused of molesting youths during camping trips, youth group activities, retreats and crusades. About 20% were accused of molesting children at religious schools, 21% at church homes for children or through foster care. Eleven percent were accused of abusing children during counseling sessions exclusively, although other cases involved a counseling relationship.

Most ministers were charged with molesting at least four or five victims but were believed to have assaulted many others. The sexual assault charges ranged from indecent touching to rape, sodomy, and child pornography. Much of the abuse was long-term, with some children assaulted as many as 1,000 times. Included in the study were prominent clergy and evangelists who had made names for themselves through special ministries or “good works.”

Charges for all 190 cases involved a total of 847 identified victims. Conservatively, according to speculations made by investigators, the 190 clergy had at least 4,000 other victims, for a low estimate of an average of 21 victims each. These victims often were not included in charges for pragmatic legal reasons, because they had been molested in other jurisdictions or times, or because the statute of limitations had been exceeded.

The profile of the typical clergyman charged with molesting children: a 45 year old man (ages ranged from 24 to 80 at the time of arrest), with four to five named victims, most often boys in their early teens. Of all the accused, 37% involved crimes against girl victims, 58% male victims, 3.2% children of both sexes, 1% sex not specified.

Freethought Today’s follow-up study of 1990 cases found one clergyman or church leader busted every three days for child sexual abuse. Two-thirds of these 106 perpetrators were priests or Protestant ministers. This study was concluded at a point where slightly more than a third of the cases were closed. Of those with final dispositions, almost all–98%–of the accused had been convicted. Only one of the closed cases had ended in a not-guilty verdict. The briefer study confirmed the earlier findings of a Catholic versus Protestant double standard, with priests receiving lighter sentences than Protestant ministers, and nonordained clerical staff receiving by far the heaviest sentences. Catholic priests accused in 1990 were prosecuted mainly for molesting boys, while about half of the Protestant clergy were charged for crimes involving female victims. Cover-ups were specifically noted in newspaper reports in 38% of the cases, including many Protestant cases. Shockingly, 11 out of the 46 Protestant ministers charged in 1990 with criminal sexual abuse had prior convictions–nearly a quarter of the cases, all dating since 1985. Most of the men had received light sentences enabling them to return to the pulpit, and resume sexual abuse of children, quickly. Churches are not only failing to check ministers’ records, but in some instances are knowingly hiring convicted child molesters.

The most blatant cover-up that year involved a Salvation Army minister who was permitted to keep his job and was given continuing access to children after back-to-back arrests for sexually abusing children during bible classes.

Defendants often unabashedly used their piety and positions to ask for (and sometimes receive) court leniency.

Scene of the Crimes

Many parents assume their children could not be safer than when in the care of a church institution or clergyman. Confessionals, youth groups, Sunday School outings, Christian Scouting, day camps, summer camps, church schools and athletics, church nurseries and day care all grant clergy special access to children and young teenagers–often otherwise unchaperoned. Chaplains have access to church facilities as well as public ones. Molesting priests have often invited a young boy for weekend trips, “sleep-overs” at the rectory and similar outings, which might otherwise be forbidden or would normally raise parental suspicions. Parents may be flattered when a “man of God” spends a great deal of time alone with their child.

The first nationally breaking news story about church coverups of sex crimes broke in 1984, when well-known attorney Gloria Allred of Los Angeles brought the country’s first “clergy malpractice” lawsuit that year on behalf of Rita Milla, a devout Catholic teenager. One day Father Santiago Tamayo reached through the broken screen in the confessional to fondle her breasts. By January 1980, he was engaging in sexual intercourse with her. He introduced her to Father Cruces, who also used her sexually. In all, five other priests encouraged her compliance, flaunting their religious authority over the sheltered teenager. Rita later told news media that the priests had told her sex was natural, and that “priests get lonely, too.” She was aiding them in their religious work.

When she became pregnant in January 1982, she was packed off to the Philippines. She told her family she would be “studying medicine.” The priests intended for her to have her baby in secrecy and leave it there, giving her only $450 to last seven months. She lived with cockroaches and ate only one meal a day, nearly dying during childbirth of eclampsia. Her family rescued her, and Rita and her baby daughter returned to the states, after Bishop Abaya of the Philippines promised to help her. When that aid failed to materialize, Rita went to Bishop Ward of Los Angeles for help. He said there was nothing he could do. After that final betrayal of trust, Rita and her mother filed the landmark clergy malpractice suit, seeking to establish paternity, set up child support, and sue the priests and the church for civil conspiracy for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, deceit and clergy malpractice-and “to protect other young women from the pain and suffering caused by priests who abuse their position of trust,” said Attorney Allred. The courts dismissed the case, citing a one-year time limit.

When Allred called the press conference to expose the scandal and announce the suit, all seven priests mysteriously vanished without trace, according to the archdiocese of Los Angeles. In 1991, Tamayo finally resurfaced, documenting to media that the diocese had warned him and his cohorts to flee the country. Tamayo offered proof that the church had known his whereabouts for years, including during the time when Allred tried unsuccessfully to serve him and the other priests with legal papers. The archdiocese had sent him monthly payments for years while he hid out in the Philippines.

In 1988, the church had finally set up a $20,000 trust fund for Milla’s daughter, after she agreed to drop a slander suit against a bishop. The church lawyer maintained it was not an admission of liability, but an act of benevolence for the child. A paternity suit is unresolved.

A second nationally renowned case was filed in 1985, focusing more public attention on Catholic cover-ups. Father Gilbert Gauthe, of Louisiana, admitted to molesting 37 boys and one girl. He pleaded guilty on various charges in October 1985 and was given a 20-year prison sentence which can not be paroled. The families of many of his victims went to court when they learned that a bishop and monsignor were aware of child molestation reports against Gauthe for more than ten years before his abuse was halted.

Small-town Catholics turned against the families as trouble-makers. All but one family agreed to settle their civil lawsuits out of court. But Faye and Glenn Gastal had their day in court. After their son, eleven, testified in court, he received a one million dollar award for damages from the Catholic Church on February 7, 1986. His parents received $250,000 as compensation for their pain, ostracism and harassment.

Gauthe had molested some of the children as many as 200 times, including anal and oral rape, during church outings, when alone with children, in the rectory, sacristy, confessional and the priest’s camper.

The Gastal boy testified that he was led to believe that being molested by priests was part of his job as altar boy. He thought his parents knew what was happening: “I thought he was doing the right thing because he was a priest.” Later, the priest guaranteed his silence by threatening that “he would hurt my daddy, he’d kill him.”

In what is the classic Catholic “musical chairs” mode of dealing with accusations against priests, it was revealed that the church had simply transferred Gauthe to new, unsuspecting communities. Parents had confronted the priest as early as 1972. In 1974, Gauthe admitted to a bishop that he had made “imprudent touches” in “one isolated case.” The following year, the bishop appointed him chaplain of the diocesan Boy Scouts. In 1977, more parents complained. Gauthe was directed to seek psychiatric treatment by church officials, but in 1978 was transferred to another family parish. The sworn statement of one church official was, “I am trained as a priest to forget sins.” The enormity of the scandal prompted even the National Catholic Reporter to condemn the cover-ups.

The church has paid at least $14 million to the victims of Gauthe alone.

The case of Father Carmelo “Mel” Baltazar exemplifies the predatory nature of the crimes. At a church position at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, California, he molested a boy on a dialysis machine. Despite this, the Catholic Church in Boise was willing to hire him as chaplain of St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. They took no action after an Episcopalian minister reported to Bishop Sylvester Treinen that Baltazar had fondled a boy in double-leg traction. Bishop Treinen compared Baltazar’s behavior to that of a car that, “no matter how well you take care of [it]” occasionally has a flat tire. He was finally prosecuted for luring two teenaged boys to his church home in the Boise diocese. Following his arrest, it was learned that the U.S. Navy had kicked him out of a chaplaincy position, and that he had been transferred from three dioceses for abusive behavior. In 1987, he was sentenced to seven years for sexual acts with a teenaged boy he met in the psychiatric ward. Judge Alan Schwartz said at the sentencing: “I think the Catholic Church has its atonement to make as well. They helped create you.”

The willingness of congregants to circle the wagons and support an accused clergyman has numerous illustrations. One 1986 criminal case revealed the extent to which fundamentalist backers of a convicted molesting preacher would go. Christian supporters from three states filled the courtroom during hearings against Rev. James Britton Myers, of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Although he was convicted of the heinous crime of raping a little girl at his Christian school over a five-year period, starting when she was five, one member of his congregation called the crime “one drop of ink in crystal clear water.”

A judge in California was inundated with letters of support asking him to pardon Father Andrew Christian Andersen, who was found guilty in 1986 of 26 counts of child molestation. Following the guilty verdict, Andersen was hugged by a church pastor and dozens of supporters. The judge sentenced him only to five years’ probation, with the condition that he serve it at a church-owned treatment facility in New Mexico. Although the Diocese of Orange had received a report by a mother that her son had been abused by him, Andersen had been permitted to continue regular contact with altar boys for the following three years. The church never reported anything. He had been sent for some counseling, but quickly resumed molesting, and was not removed from positions involving the supervision of boys. He was finally reported to authorities by a psychiatrist counseling a 13 year old altar boy. The postscript of this coverup is that Andersen’s parole was revoked in 1990 and he was sentenced to six years in state prison, following his arrest in New Mexico for forcing a teenaged boy into a car, assaulting him and trying to sodomize him.

The Salvation Army would not remove its minister, Gary Hallock of Pennsylvania, from his duties teaching children bible stories, even after he had been arrested for sexually abusing children at his church! The “captain,” an equivalent of minister, had victimized seven children, ages four to 15, and even a profoundly retarded 15 year old boy. He was sentenced in 1990 to up to 72 years in prison. Meanwhile, a civil suit was launched against the Salvation Army for their negligence by parents of victims.

The extent to which a minister-molester is held above suspicion, despite blatant criminal acts, is exemplified by a 1987 criminal suit in Nashville. The arrest of Rev. Jack Law, a Baptist minister, was heralded by a headline, “Girl, 5, Raped Under Pew.” He was accused not only of that, but of molesting and raping her two sisters. These crimes took place at the family home as well as during an outing arranged by him so the girls could help him distribute religious tracts. The girls had tried to tell their parents, but were not believed. “Being a preacher,” the father said of him to local media, “we thought he was a good man.” Law killed himself that year rather than face trial.

The devout often find it unthinkable that a respected member of the clergy could molest children, especially boys, who are often considered invulnerable to exploitation. A case in point occurred in Tampa, Florida, when a mother walked in on Rev. Fonville Gandy when he was placing his hands on her son’s genitals. He told her he was giving her son an “anatomy lesson,” and she believed him! Obviously she could not permit herself to believe the evidence before her very eyes that a minister could betray her trust, sexually abuse her child, then lie and cover-up. The mother realized the truth when Rev. Gandy was later arrested for other molestations, and she testified against him during his trial. Gandy was sentenced in 1986 to five years in prison.

Why are churches often a safe harbor for criminal child molesters? There are many answers to that question. It is, in part, because children are taught to give “men of God” special deference and obedience. Sherryll Kerns Kraizer, author of Safe Child Book and a pioneer in developing sexual abuse prevention, writes: “Many children tell me that their body belongs to God.” A young child who assumes his or her body is not their own, but is “owned by God,” will be vulnerable to abuse by an esteemed “man of God.”

Clergy, whose role includes “pastoral counseling,” are trusted and sought after for confidances and guidance. Yet being a pastor is no guarantee of having had professional training, not even necessarily a degree, much less professional counseling licenses, academic credits or the necessary trained and disinterested professional attitude. Clergy are often in contact with depressed or hurting parishioners, who are expected to confess and confide deeply personal feelings. The Catholic Church’s traditional ritualistic confession of “sins” sets up an opportunity for children to be inappropriately questioned by priests on intimate or embarrassing topics. Pastoral counselors join secular professionals in a field in which at least 10% of counselors admit to sexually abusing a client, while half of all counselors report treating clients who have been sexually abused by others in their profession. The power inequities during a counseling situation have led to sexually exploitative relationships that have been compared to incestuous betrayal.

The denial that may be natural when it is learned that a respected member of the community has been accused of a shameful act seems to be magnified in church circles. Congregations may form a wagon circle around the accused assailant, ostracizing victims and their families. Church hierarchy may actively cover up, bribe, fail to act or knowingly pass on a child molester to another parish or congregation. Church teachings of “forgiveness” of sins may be promoted at the expense of the victims.

Finally, churches are used to operating as though they were above the law. Unlike other nonprofit groups, churches are not required to even file information on financial arrangements, and are used to special favors and community approval. While many do not come to the rescue of the battered principle of state/church separation when it is under assault, they wave the First Amendment banner vigorously when it comes to investigations by public authorities of wrong-doing within church doors. They treat these cases as a crisis of faith, rather than as criminal actions.

Churches are not policing themselves, and are often unpoliced by the state. Even under fire, churches are dragging their feet to institute reforms. Since 1986, the Church Mutual Insurance Company has formally advised church clients to fingerprint all applicants for church positions, to carefully check out resumes and gaps in resumes, to call references and demand them for work with children, to institute careful monitoring of church day cares, to make sure two adults act as chaperones on field trips, to take, in short, the kinds of precautions that public schools and better child care facilities have been taking for years.

Are the churches doing it? No. Several denominations have passed position papers or policies for dealing with internal investigations once a complaint has been lodged privately. None has announced steps in keeping with all the recommendations of the Church Mutual Insurance Company. The hierarchy of the Catholic Church insists that each diocese must make its own policies and determinations. In 1990, Auxiliary Bishop A. James Quinn of Cleveland told a conference of canon attorneys to consider hiding the crimes, by sending files on priests accused of child molestation to the Vatican Embassy in the District of Columbia, which he maintains is outside the reach of the U.S. Courts. “If there’s something there you really don’t want people to see, you might send it off to the Apostolic Delegate,” said Quinn.

In addition, church officials are either exempt by law from the mandatory child abuse reporting laws, or prosecutors are interpreting those laws as if they were exempt. Any action taken by churches largely has been in reaction to civil suits against them, when their pocketbooks are threatened, and, to a lesser extent, due to unfavorable publicity.

The Catholic hierarchy in particular has been outspoken in trying to minimize or defend abusers within its ranks. Typical of public statements was the opinion of Archbishop James Hayes, quoted in the Toronto Star (July 2, 1989): “The church exists to pardon and heal . . . There may be cases where the child was chasing after the man, looking for affection and whatever happened, happened only once.” Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland editorialized in the May 1988 Catholic Herald: “We must not imply that the abuser is not guilty of serious crime, but we could easily give a false impression that any adolescent who becomes sexually involved with an older person does so without any degree of personal responsibility. Sometimes not all adolescent victims are so innocent; some can be sexually very active and aggressive and often quite streetwise.”

With such attitudes, was it surprising that Cardinal John O’Connor of New York City wanted to offer Father Bruce Ritter a job, even after a probe of his charitable Covenant House network for runaways found him guilty of sexual and financial misconduct in 1990? Ritter was never prosecuted for a 20-year pattern of sexual misconduct.

One Catholic leader was felled by charges of cover-up. In 1990 Archbishop Alphonsus Penney of Newfoundland resigned, after a judicial inquiry proved he had evidence of abuse of boys at Mount Cashel orphanage as early as 1979. Twenty priests, former priests or Catholic lay workers were facing charges or had already been convicted of molesting boys, orphans and wards of the state. Boys as young as six were sexually abused, one within hours of being admitted. Penney had chided a mother for “gossip” when she complained she witnessed a priest abusing her three year old son during a “blessing.” A judicial inquiry characterized priests as assuming their vocation licensed them to molest, and that they demanded and received special treatment from the attorney general, social workers and police. Police had interviewed 26 boys in 1975, but had dropped the investigation until 1988, when some of the grown victims came forward once more. Penney admitted, “We are a sinful church. We are naked.”

The case of Father Baltazar, who had sexually abused a helpless boy attached to a dialysis machine, and another in double leg traction, epitomizes the ruthlessness of child molesters, the heartlessness of the hierarchy, and the vulnerability of their victims. The egomaniacal and rapacious drives of a molester who blots out all sense of right and wrong, brutally disregarding the pain he is causing children, have often found a parallel in churches bent on protecting themselves at the expense of thousands of victims.

If religion or any institution depends on the sexual subordination or exploitation of children or women, then it is better that such institutions should cease to exist. If it is a question of the survival of the churches versus the safety of children, then our allegiance clearly must be with children.

In 1988, 1 appeared on a “People Are Talking” television show in San Francisco, to speak about my book, Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, along with a Catholic mother whose son had been molested by a priest, and opposite a local priest and fundamentalist minister in San Francisco. The audience remained stoic as the Catholic mother and I regaled them with horror stories of betrayal and sexual abuse of children by clergymen. But when one of the clergymen on the show “exposed” the fact that I am an atheist, a loud collective gasp was sounded from the good Christians in the audience.

It was a telling demonstration of that narrow bigotry, inculcated in so many Christians, that goodness has far more to do with one’s professions of faith than with conduct and actions.

This corrupted idea of morality not only produces an audience that is more shocked at atheism than it is concerned about victims of abusive ministers, but has produced a malignancy of collusion and cover-up in the churches. The religious scandal of clergy abusing children should rightfully close many church doors.

Here is the proof in these links to these websites that constantly exposes these damn disgusting, perverted, pedophile priests and pastors.

Roman Catholic Pedophiles

Bishops Accountability’s Abuse Tracker blog. The archives here? Go all the way back to 2003. They started to add all the other reports from all the other Christian denominations of predatory, Christian pastors who have been busted for raping children.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker/

Database of Publicly Accused Roman Catholic Priests, Nuns, Brothers, Deacons, and Seminarians in the United States
This is just the database for priests in the United States, filled with over 10,000 named Catholic priests, brothers, nuns and sisters busted for raping and abusing children.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/member/index.jsp

A state by state listing, though not complete, of Roman Catholic priest busted for pedophilia.

https://mersonlaw.com/catholic-diocese-clergy-priest-sex-abuse-list/

A listing of the pedophile priests busted in Ireland.

https://bishoppatbuckley.blog/2019/09/18/full-list-of-irish-clerical-and-religious-abusers-from-bishopaccountability-org/

101 priests in single diocese accused of abuse in 40 years
https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/101-priests-in-single-diocese-accused-of-abuse-in-40-years-268345.html

PEDOPHILE PRIEST WHO RAPED 200 CHILDREN FORGIVEN BY THE POPE: James Porter, the evil priest who raped over 200 children, confessed his pedophilia to the Pope who decided it best to “forgive and forget”, it has been revealed.By ignoring his pedophile confession, the Pope left Father Porter to sexually abuse many more children that could’ve otherwise been spared.

https://hnewswire.com/pedophile-priest/

Deaf children raped and abused in Argentina’s “little house of God” Nun latest to be arrested in pedophile scandal involving Catholic clergy at school in Mendoza. Details are emerging of long-standing sex abuse at a school for deaf children run by the Roman Catholic Church in the Argentinean city of Mendoza. The revelations come after the arrest on May 5 of a nun at the school, Kumiko Kosaka, on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at the Antonio Provolo Institute, authorities said. She was also charged with physically abusing the students to identify the most submissive ones.

https://english.elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/15/inenglish/1494846873_269569.html

Shamed: Pope Francis Says “Accusers Are Friends or Relatives of The Devil” Pope Francis: People Constantly Accusing Church of Wrongdoing Are Friends, Relatives to Devil

“Whose is the office of the accuser! The devil! And those who spend their life accusing, accusing, accusing, are – I will not say children, because the devil does not have any – but friends, cousins, relatives of the devil. He who loves the Church knows how to forgive, because he knows that he himself is a sinner and is in need of God’s forgiveness.

Pope Francis

https://www.newsweek.com/pope-francis-people-constantly-accusing-church-wrongdoing-are-friends-1337056

Protestant Church Pedophiles

“25 MORE SHOCKING ARRESTS”: Protestant Pastors Charged With Sex Crimes

http://www.awkwardmomentsbible.com/shocking-pastors-on-the-prowl/

Southern Baptist Pedophiles

Stop Baptist Predators Organization database exposing Baptist Pedophile Pastors.

This “little light” shines for the many clergy abuse victims whose voices have been silenced. Silenced by shame. Silenced by the false instruction of religious leaders. Silenced by church shunning and bullying. Silenced by church contracts for secrecy. Silenced by suicide. The mission of StopBaptistPredators.org is to break the silence of Baptist clergy sex abuse.

http://www.stopbaptistpredators.org/index.htm

Ministers who have brought scandal to the Southern Baptist Convention: A-K

http://www.stopbaptistpredators.org/scandals/sbc_ministers.html

Ministers who brought scandal to the Southern Baptist Convention: L-Z

http://www.stopbaptistpredators.org/scandals/sbc_ministers_2.html

Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against Southern Baptist Church: An investigation has found that around 380 Southern Baptist church ministers, deacons, leaders and volunteers have been credibly accused or convicted or sexual abuse in the last 20 years. The sexual misconduct allegations involve over 700 victims, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News. Out of nearly 400 perpetrators, about 220 have been convicted of sex crimes, 90 remain in prison, and another 100 are registered sex offenders. Tragically, investigators found evidence of the Southern Baptist leadership systematically covering up sex abuse allegations and moving sex offenders to other churches. In fact, at least 10 churches re-hired pastors, ministers and volunteers who had been charged with sexual misconduct, including many who were registered sex offenders. Another problem is that SBC churches have continued to employ men who were accused or convicted of sexual assault. Pastors Leslie Mason, Michael Lee Jones and Joseph S. Ratliff all continued to work within the SBC church after being accused of sexual misconduct. Survivors of sexual abuse in the SBC church demanded a database of sexual abusers in 2008, but the proposed reforms were rejected. Church leaders claimed that creating a database of sex abusers might infringe on the autonomy of individual churches.

https://www.schmidtlaw.com/sex-abuse-lawsuits-filed-against-southern-baptist-church/

Church of God Pedophiles

Children Of God: The Sex Cult That Preached Pedophilia, Prostitution & The Apocalypse

https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/id-shows/children-of-god-sex-cult-pedophilia-prostitution-apocalypse-david-berg-river-phoenix

Children of God cult was ‘hell on earth’

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-44613932

Jehovah Witnesses Pedophiles

Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of silencing victims of child abuse: Scores of alleged victims come forward and describe culture of cover-up in religious group in UK

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/25/jehovahs-witnesses-accused-of-silencing-victims-of-child-abuse-uk

Secret Documents Reveal Sex Abuse Scandal in Jehovah’s Witnesses Church

https://www.newsweek.com/secret-documents-sex-scandal-jehovahs-witnesses-church-faith-leaks-776796

The Secret Database of Child Abuse: A former Jehovah’s Witness is using stolen documents to expose allegations that the religion has kept hidden for decades.

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/03/the-secret-jehovahs-witness-database-of-child-molesters/584311/

The Episcopal Pedophile Clergy

ECUSA: A History of Sexual Abuse by Clergy: Hundreds of Episcopal Pedophile Priests exposed in this story

https://virtueonline.org/ecusa-history-sexual-abuse-clergy

Chile Catholic Episcopal Conference Raided In Pedophile Priest Probe

Chilean authorities are raiding the headquarters of the Catholic Church’s Episcopal Coverence as part of a wide-ranging probe into clerical sex abuse in the South American country.  The Tuesday raids are occurring in the most important building of the Chilean church in the capital of Santiago, say prosecutors. Authorities recently summoned the archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, to appear and testify about the alleged cover-up of sexual abuse which had been going on for decades. 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-14/chile-catholic-episcopal-conference-raided-pedophile-priest-probe

Methodist Church Pedophiles

Methodist Church in child sexual abuse scandal spanning decades: The Methodist Church in Britain (MCB) published a damning report from an independent inquiry on Thursday, which found nearly 2,000 incidents of physical and sexual abuse going back as far as 1950. The inquiry was carried out by Jane Stacey, former deputy chief executive of the children’s charity Barnados, and took three years to complete its findings. It considered all cases that ministers and members of the church could remember as well as those for which there were written records. These included cases that were carried out within the church and those that were reported to the church, but which occurred away from it. The 1,885 cases identified included sexual, physical, emotional and domestic abuse including cases of neglect. Some 26 percent of cases were carried out by actual church ministers, and in 61 of these the police were involved, including six ongoing police investigations. Allegations of sexual abuse made up the largest number of cases. One of the cases involved the grooming of teenage girls on Facebook, while another involved a minster allegedly making sexual advances on children.

https://www.rt.com/uk/262809-methodist-church-sex-abuse/

Methodist Church apologises for abuse spanning decades: The UK’s Methodist Church has made a public apology after an investigation uncovered reports of nearly 2,000 alleged abusers – including 914 allegations involving sexual abuse.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32909444

United Methodists Confront Sexual Misconduct in the Church: The reality of sexual misconduct and abuse within the church has prompted United Methodists to come together this week to confront the problem and discuss ways to make the church a safe place. “I estimate that at least one-third to one-half of the dozens of victim-survivors I’ve counseled during the past eight years have left the church, either in shame or frustration, because they found no justice or healing,” she told hundreds of lay and clergy leaders during the Do No Harm 2011 sexual ethics summit in Houston this week.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/united-methodists-confront-sexual-misconduct-in-the-church.html

Church Employee in Alabama Faces Whistleblower Retaliation Amidst Reports of Penn-State Style Pedophile Cover-Up

https://cspac-all.blogspot.com/p/church-employee-in-alabama-faces.html

Now, new information is coming from a former United Methodist employee in that region, who not only reports possession of victim and documented evidence implicating sexual molestation and clergy sexual misconduct in two other area churches, but claims whistleblower retaliation by senior denominational leadership in an apparent Penn State-style cover-up attempt to preserve ministry positions, while knowingly compounding both victims’ and family members’ losses, which includes propelling the complainant’s family into abject poverty and loss of their housing. That family is only days away from becoming homeless.

Local police have reportedly indicated to the former employee, they have begun investigations into possible extortion in reference to actions taken in the cover-up scheme, allegedly substantiated by documented contact with the same denominational leaders involved in damage control for their United Methodist District and State Conference regarding the Sheffield First United Methodist Church pedophile scandal.

Church documents provided by members and public position statements by denominational leaders involved in the pedophile case have recently surfaced in media reports, strongly suggest a long-standing awareness of the presence of ongoing, decades-long molestation of multiple boys by a music and youth minister, from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. Locals state that rumors of a predatory molester in the church, have repeatedly surfaced for decades.

Presbyterian Church Pedophiles

Presbyterian Church (USA) Hit by Abuse Scandal: The Presbyterian Church (USA), one of the most liberal of the nation’s mainline denominations, has found itself in the middle of a scandal over sexual abuse of minors that occurred for a number of years at overseas missions facilities run by the church. The most high-profile instance so far involves a California man who is suing the denomination, alleging that he was molested by an older boy in 1988 at a church-operated boarding house in Africa, and that church authorities on site allowed it to occur.

In the lawsuit, Sean Coppedge, whose parents were Presbyterian missionaries in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, charges that although those operating the boarding house in Kinshasa were aware of allegations that the son of a Presbyterian missionary couple had sexually abused another boy at the facility, he was allowed to return to the house, where he later abused Coppedge as well.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Louisville, Kentucky, where the PC-USA is headquartered, states that the denomination had received reports before 1988 of alleged abuse at the facility and that it “knew or should have known … that its mission children were vulnerable to sexual abuse.” Coppedge is seeking damages for emotional distress, lost wages, the cost of counseling, and other injuries.

The charge by Coppedge is one of many detailed in a 546-page report that represents the findings of an independent panel commissioned by the church. The panel, which spent several years investigating charges of physical and sexual abuse involving the children of missionaries serving overseas from the 1950s to 1990, ultimately named nine individuals, including ministers ordained with the denomination, whom the panel determined had abused children.

A similar investigation in 2002 had found “overwhelming” evidence that a Presbyterian minister and missionary had sexually abused at least 22 girls and women over a 40-year period, both in Africa and the United States, and, additionally, that between 1968 and 1970 a male Methodist missionary had abused children of Presbyterian missionaries at the same Kinshasa facility where Coppedge says he was abused.

https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/family/item/657-presbyterian-church-usa-hit-by-abuse-scandal

Other cases of Christian pedophiles

3 Ohio Pastors, 3 Churches, 3 Victims (1 shared) – Child Sex Trafficking

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/ohio-pastor-sex-trafficking.html

In November, 2017 Cordell Jenkins, Kenneth Butler, and Anthony J. Haynes were indicted and charged with child sex trafficking and child pornography. For starters, these men were all sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, in hotels, at Greater Life Christian Center in Toledo, and at Abundant Life Ministries, dating back to 2014. Haynes gave the girl hush money and told her not to tell anyone or it would ruin his life, as well as recorded the sexual assaults on his cellphone. He also arranged her being abused by several other men, including Jenkins, who even abused her at his own home. Jenkins also abused a second girl in March of 2017.

In addition to Butler’s involvement with this 14-year-old girl, he was also indicted on sex trafficking charges of a third girl. He was a pastor at Kingdom Encounter Family Worship.

Despite these detestable acts, in January 2019, Alisa Haynes and Alexis Fortune, the wife and step-daughter of Anthony Haynes were charged for abducting one of the victims at gunpoint and warning her not to testify at trial. They removed the victim from her apartment, choked her with a cord and told her to take back statements she had made to investigators. Both have federal charges against them.

In February, Laura Lloyd-Jenkins, the wife of Cordell Jenkins, pleaded guilty to making false statements to investigators, including stating that she wasn’t aware of Jenkins having sex with the girl, or being aware of her age. Lloyd served as a board member for Lucas County Children Services, and had been in regular communication with one of the victims dating back to 2016. She knew the girl was a minor, and met with her in person in March 2017, along with the girl’s guardian, at a local pizza place, whereby they showed Lloyd the text messages indicating Jenkins and Haynes had been paying the girl for sex.

Investigators testified that they found searches on Lloyd-Jenkins phone on the same date she had met with the girl at the pizza place. Her searches revealed: “husband slept with 17-year-old,” “what is sex trafficking?,” “Southwest companion pass international travel,” and “find Caribbean hotels by Marriott.”

Kenneth Butler was sentenced to 17-1/2 years in prison for conspiracy to sex traffic children, obstruction of sex trafficking investigation, and two counts of sex trafficking children.

Cordell Jenkins pleaded guilty to two counts of sex trafficking of children, one count of sexual exploitation of children, and is awaiting sentencing.

Anthony Haynes, who is charged with child sex trafficking, and knowingly recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person under the age of 18, is awaiting trial. In an affidavit, it alleges that Haynes, along with a woman, engaged in sex acts on multiple occasions with a female teenager.

Nine Clergy & Deputy Sheriff Arrested in Sexual Abuse of Two Dozen Children Involving Satanic Rituals

https://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/25/us/sex-charges-follow-a-churchs-collapse.html

Not long after Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula, LA closed its doors, in 2005 an investigation into sexual abuse of children and mutilations of cats for satanic rituals ensued, landing many of the church leaders in prison, including a deputy sheriff who once lived on the church grounds.

Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards said that as many as 25 children, evenly split between boys and girls, may have been involved in sex acts at the youth center, in cars, and in homes of at least two of those charged. They believe the abuse began in 1999, and stopped occurring on the church grounds after 2003. “But nobody really believes that they just stopped abusing kids,” Sheriff Edward said.

Nine people had been arrested, and numerous computers, videotapes, computer disks, boxes containing documents and photographs, and nine bags full of costumes, were all seized, in which police believed some contained child pornography. The victims ranged in age from 1 to 16, and the police found a faint imprint of a pentagram on the floor in the youth hall located behind the sanctuary. Some that were arrested stated rituals involving cats’ blood and people dressed in black robes took place within the pentagrams.

Pastor Louis Lamonica Jr. confessed to being the head of a Satanic ring, claiming he was one of six who took part in the abuse of children, animal sacrifice, and satanic rituals. His wife, the deputy sheriff, and other church members were involved as well. Lamonica described the pentagram in the middle of the floor, a book of ‘Spells and Temptations,’ and the youth room where all of the windows were covered in black. They dedicated a baby to Satan, put the baby in a black dress in the middle of the pentagram, played satanic music, and lit candles. They would drain the blood of a cat, each drink it, and then kill the cat, removed the dress from the baby and sprinkled the blood over her/him, all while chanting around the child.

When they weren’t performing rituals on babies, they would pick up girls, the males would line up and have sex with her, and the females would perform oral sex. He also stated there was feces and urine laid around, and during these rituals he would become distorted by the Devil and demons would change him into an animal.

The others that were arrested described other disturbing scenes of bestiality, one who had abused his daughter since she was 2-months-old, and Lamonica’s own sons had given detailed accounts of long-term abuse by their father, and others they were passed around to. They later recanted their statements on the stand.

Lamonica is serving four life sentences. The others plead guilty to charges ranging from aggravated rape to sexual battery to obstruction of justice. Deputy Sheriff Christopher Labat was charged with child pornography, but charges were later dismissed. Labat had covered for these people, and when church members brought concerns to him, he dismissed them. He also had charges of obstruction of justice dismissed against one of the church members involved. Labat still resides in Louisiana, in a location where 35 registered sex offenders live close by.

Baptist Church Hires Famous Child Molester Pastor – to Make Money

https://www.jacksonville.com/article/20120204/NEWS/801258360

Pastor Darrell Gilyard of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL, was charged in 2009 for lewd or lascivious conduct to a female victim under 16-years-old, as well as lewd or lascivious molestation to a female victim under 12-years-old. He was a nationally known preacher and knew how to corral people in. He served three years, and had to register as a sex offender. No less than two months after getting out of prison, he was offered to preach at Christ Tabernacle Baptist Church. Their reason for allowing a registered sex offender to return to work at their church? They needed the money, and he was the one that could raise it. They don’t even hide this fact.

His three-year probation stipulated that he was not to have contact with minors. So, what did the church do? They barred minors from the services and he wasn’t allowed to perform marriage counseling or other pastoral work. Of course his probation officer approved, and so – minors were no longer allowed to attend service when he was preaching. Amazing. The church’s Trustee Eloise Bolden said that the church was ensuring they would hold separate youth services for minors, and that Gilyard should be forgiven and offered another shot at ministry. Once his probation period ended, the church allowed him to be around minors again.

But it wasn’t just children he sexually abused. In 2004, Gilyard admitted to fathering the child of a woman who had accused him of raping her during a counseling session. Furthermore, there are several women who claimed that Gilyard assaulted them at Texas churches in the 1980s.

Despite all of this, the church’s only concern was money. They were about to go under, so they hired on a famous child sex abuser pastor to raise money. And guess what? They did. The parents and families attending that church clearly were not concerned either. They all supported him. If one believes the false psychoanalysis that pedophilia is in fact a disease, then obviously this man cannot control himself around children. If one doesn’t believe it’s a disease, but rather a desire – the same outcome applies.

And? Even more Christian pedophiles and their cases:

Former Fayetteville Pastor Faces 142 Charges for the Rapes of Four Children

https://abc11.com/former-fayetteville-pastor-faces-142-charges-in-child-sex-crimes/2919944/

Dallas-area pastor, gospel singer arrested on multiple charges of child sex abuse Darrell Maurice Yancey, 59, of Grand Prairie was taken into custody Thursday by Arlington police. He faces three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and four counts of sexual assault of a child.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/12/22/dallas-area-pastor-gospel-singer-arrested-on-multiple-charges-of-child-sex-abuse/

Former McElwain Baptist Church deacon charged with sexual abuse of young girls turns self in

https://www.cbs42.com/news/local/former-mcelwain-baptist-church-deacon-charged-with-sexual-abuse-of-young-girls-turns-self-in/

Richland Deacon appears in court, following two child molestation charges

https://keprtv.com/news/local/richland-deacon-appears-in-court-following-two-child-molestation-charges

10 Notable Clergy Sex Scandals in 2017

https://www.christianweek.org/10-notable-clergy-sex-scandals-2017/