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
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.
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.
A state by state listing, though not complete, of Roman Catholic priest busted for pedophilia.
A listing of the pedophile priests busted in Ireland.
101 priests in single diocese accused of abuse in 40 years
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.
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.
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
Protestant Church Pedophiles
“25 MORE SHOCKING ARRESTS”: Protestant Pastors Charged With Sex Crimes
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.
Ministers who have brought scandal to the Southern Baptist Convention: A-K
Ministers who brought scandal to the Southern Baptist Convention: L-Z
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.
Church of God Pedophiles
Children Of God: The Sex Cult That Preached Pedophilia, Prostitution & The Apocalypse
Children of God cult was ‘hell on earth’
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
Secret Documents Reveal Sex Abuse Scandal in Jehovah’s Witnesses Church
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.
The Episcopal Pedophile Clergy
ECUSA: A History of Sexual Abuse by Clergy: Hundreds of Episcopal Pedophile Priests exposed in this story
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.
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.
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.
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.
Church Employee in Alabama Faces Whistleblower Retaliation Amidst Reports of Penn-State Style Pedophile Cover-Up
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.
Other cases of Christian pedophiles
3 Ohio Pastors, 3 Churches, 3 Victims (1 shared) – Child Sex Trafficking
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
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
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
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.
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
10 Notable Clergy Sex Scandals in 2017
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