Tuesday, September 19, 2017

'Jesus People' – a movement born from the 'Summer of Love' - WTOP

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love.” Popular culture remembers the tens of thousands of joyous young hippies that descended upon San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to celebrate personal expression, drug experimentation and easy sexuality.

What’s less known and what I discovered in my own research is that Haight-Ashbury also proved to be fertile ground for a startling new combination of the hippie style with conservative evangelical Christianity – the “Jesus People.”

The reasons behind the rise of the hippie movement were complex: A rejection of conformity and materialism in American culture and the emergence of a drug culture both played a part.

The 1960s counterculture also contained a decidedly spiritual dimension that attracted a great deal of hippie interest. The movement incorporated meditation, the occult, Native American spirituality and Eastern forms of religion such as Zen Buddhism and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (“the Hare Krishnas”).

However, as writer and observer Charles Perry pointed out in his book “The Haight-Ashbury: A History,” the Summer of Love brought with it a number of problems including overcrowding, crime, sexually transmitted diseases and bad drug trips. Every night thousands of penniless young people would “crash” in whatever space they could find or simply sleep on the streets.

'Jesus People' – a movement born from the 'Summer of Love' - WTOP

Calif. Pastor Gets 24 Years in Prison for Defrauding Congregants of a Million Dollars

A California pastor was sentenced to 24 years in prison on Friday after he was found to have defrauded members of his congregation out of a million dollars in investments.

The Associated Press reported on Sunday that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called Pastor Luther Feltus-Curry's case "despicable" when announcing the sentencing.

"This is a despicable case in which church congregants trusted their pastor and then lost their life savings," Becerra said, according to the East Bay Times.

Calif. Pastor Gets 24 Years in Prison for Defrauding Congregants of a Million Dollars

Monday, September 18, 2017

Former Ohio Mayor Claims His 4-Year-Old Rape Victim Was ‘Willing Participant’

Former [Democratic] Ohio mayor and Christian conservative admits to raping little girl.

A Former Ohio mayor who dedicated his life to Christ admits he raped a four-year-old girl but claims his victim initiated sexual contact and was a willing participant.

Richard Keenan, who served as mayor of Hubbard, Ohio, in 2010 and 2011, was indicted last month on eight counts of rape and 12 counts of attempted rape and gross sexual imposition.

Keenan, who has described himself in the past as a “dedicated” Christian, is facing multiple counts of rape and attempted rape of a child after confessing to the sex abuse to his wife, a pastor, a social worker and his brother- and sister-in-law.

Former Ohio Mayor Claims His 4-Year-Old Rape Victim Was ‘Willing Participant’

Former minister pleads guilty to indecent liberties with child | WLOS

A former minister from Bryson City has pleaded guilty to indecent liberties with a child.

Eric Jones, 49, was sentenced this week to a 30-day active sentence, plus 90 days house arrest and three years probation.

Former minister pleads guilty to indecent liberties with child | WLOS

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Vatican recalls priest from US as child porn investigation opens | Angelus

The Vatican announced Friday that after being informed by U.S. officials of a possible breach of child pornography laws on the part of a Holy See diplomat, it has recalled the priest in question and an investigation has been opened. According to a Sept. 15 Vatican communique, on Aug. 21 the U.S. State Department notified the Vatican Secretariat of State, “through diplomatic channels, of a possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images by a member of the diplomatic corps of the Holy See accredited to Washington.”

The priest was recalled and is currently in Vatican City. Information regarding the findings of the U.S. State Department was passed along to the Vatican's Promoter of Justice, who opened an investigation “and has already commenced international collaboration to obtain elements relative to the case.”

The Vatican declined to identify the diplomat, or confirm his nationality. CNA contacted the apostolic nunciature in Washington D.C. for further details, but they declined to comment. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department had asked the Vatican to lift the priest's diplomatic immunity, but the request was denied.

Michael Stone over at Progressive Secular Humanist, I believe sums it up well:
Let’s face it: Pope Francis is a marvelous showman – a genius at public relations and media manipulation who has successfully hustled the media, and the public at large. He says nice things like all animals go to heaven; he chastises creationists and other science deniers by noting that God is not a magician; and in a good natured gesture he asks atheists for good vibrations.

Yet despite the friendly facade, the occasional superficial liberal rhetoric, and a humorous joke now and then, Pope Francis is guilty of perpetuating the institutional immorality of the Catholic Church.

In short, despite pledges from Pope Francis to clean up the church, the horror continues, and the Catholic Church continues to protect and enable clergy members who rape and sexually abuse children.

It is no secret that Catholic priests have been sexually abusing children for decades, if not centuries. This most recent report only serves to confirm what many already suspected: nothing has changed – the Catholic Church continues to protect and enable pedophile priests.
Vatican recalls priest from US as child porn investigation opens | Angelus

Pennsylvania priest jailed over child porn

A Catholic priest in Pennsylvania caught with child pornography by someone helping with his computer is going to jail.

The Morning Call of Allentown reported 67-year-old Monsignor John S. Mraz apologized and was sentenced Thursday to six to 23 months. He’ll have to register as a sex offender for 15 years, and cannot have any unsupervised contact with minors.

He pleaded guilty in June to possessing child pornography and related offenses, but had asked for probation or house arrest due to health issues, including diabetes and a heart condition.

Pennsylvania priest jailed over child porn

Bones found in Delaware County after tip from psychic not human, coroner says | FOX59

A tip from a psychic led to the discovery of bones by a film crew in Delaware County Sunday, but those remains are not human, the coroner’s office said.

According to the Muncie Star Press, a film crew was working on a segment about Ashley Morris Mullis, who disappeared in 2013 and hasn’t been seen since. A suggestion from a psychic led the crew to a bridge along Ind. 3, where the bones were discovered.

Mullis, a mother of three, disappeared in September 2013, when she was 27 years old. The Muncie native was living in the Royerton area when she went missing, and her family continues to search for answers concerning her disappearance.

Bones found in Delaware County after tip from psychic not human, coroner says | FOX59