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  • Interview with former Catholic Priests and Nuns on why they left

    08/31/2013 3:38:44 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 445 replies
    Full interview (roughly one hour) with former Roman Catholic priests Richard Bennett (website: http://www.BEREANBEACON.ORG) & Bartholomew Brewer, Ph.D, author of "Pilgrimage from Rome - A Testimony" (website: http://www.MTC.COM) and former nun Rocio Zwirner give glory to God for their exodus from the Roman Catholic Church & into the glorious grace of the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Description from youtube)
  • What does a Roman Catholic need to do to join the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?

    07/26/2013 2:57:13 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 278 replies
    Question:What would a baptized and confirmed Roman Catholic need to do in order to join the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?Answer: Allow me to answer you question with a brief autobiographical anecdote. I was born, baptized, raised, confirmed, and educated in the Roman Catholic system. In fact, it was while I was at a Roman Catholic college (of all places) that I was converted by the grace of God. After realizing how different the teachings of the RCC are from Scripture, I joined with a Baptist church. And that church required that I be rebaptized as an adult. So, I went through...
  • The Gift – The Testimony of Former Roman Catholic Priest Charles Chiniquy

    07/26/2013 3:22:28 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 147 replies
    Christian Research Service ^ | 1883 | Charles Chiniquy
    The Gift – The Testimony of Former Roman Catholic Priest Charles Chiniquy I was born and baptized a Roman Catholic in 1809, and I was ordained priest in the year 1833, in Canada. I am now in my seventy-fourth year, and it is nearly fifty years since I received the dignity of the priesthood in the Church of Rome. For twenty-five years I was a priest of that Church, and I tell you frankly that I loved the Church of Rome, and she loved me. I would have shed every drop of my blood for my Church and would have...
  • Fort Wayne Priest Accused of Sex Abuse

    06/20/2013 4:30:51 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 6 replies
    INCNow (Indiana's NewsCenter) ^ | 6/19/2013 | Emma Kock & Jeff Neumeyer
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. ( - Fr. Cornelius Ryan, CSC, has been removed as administrator of St. Joseph Catholic Church-Hessen Cassel after being accused of sexual abuse. Bishop Kevin Rhoades was notified June 10 of a "credible allegation" that Fr. Ryan had sexually abused a minor about 20 years ago while serving in Africa, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend says in a statement released Wednesday.
  • Victims urge UN to challenge Vatican on child abuse

    06/19/2013 2:28:33 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 16 replies
    Global Post ^ | 6/18/2013 | Agence France-Presse
    The Catholic Church must be held to account by a UN human rights watchdog for doing too little to halt and expose paedophile priests, victims of abuse by the clergy said Tuesday. David Clohessy, director of the US-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said he had few hopes of a massive shake up by Pope Francis, who since being elected in March has made several pronouncements urging action. "We're dealing with a well-established, longstanding, extraordinarily powerful global monarchy, that really has few or any checks and balances on its power," he told reporters.
  • Audit Finds Sexual Abuse Was Topic Decades Ago

    06/19/2013 6:42:36 AM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Published: June 18, 2013 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    A regional province of the Capuchin religious order that had fought allegations of sexual abuse for decades decided last year to open its files dating to the 19th century to three independent auditors, in what the order claimed to be a first in the long-running Roman Catholic Church abuse scandal in the United States. The auditors’ report, released on Tuesday, found that sexual abuse by friars in the St. Joseph Province of the Capuchin Order was discussed at meetings as far back as 1932, the first year for which minutes of meetings were available. After more than a dozen students...
  • Stockton Bishop Stephen Blaire: Lawsuits have cost diocese $15 million

    06/12/2013 7:36:00 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    Lodi News-Sentinel ^ | June ii, 2013 | Ross Farrow
    The Catholic diocese serving parishes from Lodi to Turlock has spent about $15 million in judgments, settlements and legal costs regarding clergy abuse cases by priests and former priests, according to Bishop Stephen Blaire. Blaire, bishop of the Stockton Diocese, issued a message to parishioners throughout the diocese. The message was read aloud during Masses on Saturday and Sunday. “It was a sad comment, kind of scary,” Lodi resident Patty Ibarra said after Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Anne’s Catholic Church.
  • Ex-brother ordered to face abuse charges

    06/12/2013 5:42:14 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 12, 2013 | Jared Owens
    A former Catholic brother living in New Zealand should be extradited to NSW to face 252 charges of sexually abusing children, a Christchurch judge has ruled. Bernard Kevin McGrath, 65, a former St John of God brother, is accused of repeatedly raping, molesting and abusing 35 boys at church-run institutions...
  • Catholic church interferred in investigation (sexual abuse - Australia)

    05/09/2013 9:01:41 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 32 replies ^ | 5/8/2013 | Suzanne Smith
    Former policeman turned state parliamentarian, Troy Grant, told the special commission of inquiry into the handling of child sexual abuse in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese that members of the Catholic Church had interferred in his investigation into sexual abuse.
  • Catholic school principal Sister Ann deGuise testifies in Gary Moreland sex crimes trial

    05/09/2013 7:36:02 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies ^ | 5/8/2013 | Andy Hoag
    SAGINAW, MI — A jury Wednesday heard what the principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Saginaw Township knew of sexual abuse allegations against school volunteer Gary Moreland and what she did with that information.
  • Police investigating sex abuse allegations at Anne Arundel Catholic school

    05/09/2013 7:17:21 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 5/8/2013 | Alison Knezevich
    Anne Arundel County police are investigating sexual abuse allegations by a former student at Monsignor Slade Catholic School in Glen Burnie, officials of the Archdiocese of Baltimore said Wednesday.
  • New Sexual Abuse Claims At St Ambrose College, Cheshire

    12/18/2012 7:24:32 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne
    Detectives investigating alleged sexual abuse at a Catholic boys' school are looking into new allegations after receiving more calls from former pupils. Last month, a 63-year-old former teacher was held on suspicion of indecent assault and possession of indecent images dating back to the early 1980s.
  • Australian government reports on Catholic Church moving pedophile priests

    10/13/2012 10:08:03 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 14 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 10/12/2012 | Reese Dunklin
    The Roman Catholic Church has moved sexually abusive priests across international borders and kept them in ministry, criminal authorities in Australia have concluded. Their finding mirrors that of our landmark 2004-2005 investigative series, Runaway Priests: Hiding in Plain Sight. We identified over 200 cases in which accused clerics escaped justice by going abroad. Police in the Australian state of Victoria, in a report to parliament there, cite a case I first brought to light: The Salesians of Don Bosco religious order moved a priest to Samoa in 1998, when he had one child molestation conviction on his record and was...
  • Priest again facing charges that he sexually abused altar boy

    10/10/2012 1:22:53 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/4/2012 | Mensah M. Dean
    A PHILADELPHIA judge Tuesday reinstated three felony charges against a Catholic priest who is accused of forcing oral sex on a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997. Father Andrew McCormick sat stoically at the defense table as Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick held him for trial after a brief hearing on involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and statutory sexual assault.
  • Central Pa Catholic priests accused of abuse

    10/07/2012 3:32:41 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 3 replies
    Voices of Central PA ^ | 10/1/2012 | James Hynes
    Four men have recently accused Huntington County Roman Catholic priest George Koharchik of sexually molesting them when they were minors. Bishop Mark Bartchak relieved Koharchik of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union of his priestly duties. The priest will not be permitted to have contact with children while on leave. Investigators confirm that two alleged victims reported abuse to diocese authorities while two others subsequently reported directly to the Cambria County District Attorney’s office.
  • Former Arctic priest pleads not guilty to 76 charges of sex abuse

    10/05/2012 3:48:25 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 22 replies ^ | 10/1/2012
    IQALUIT, Nunavut - A trial date has been set for a former Arctic priest facing dozens of sex abuse allegations. Eric Dejaeger has pleaded not guilty to 76 charges stemming from his time in Igloolik, Nunavut, between 1978 and 1982. Most of the charges are for the alleged sexual abuse of boys and girls.
  • Deal could be near between archdiocese, sex abuse victims

    09/25/2012 7:00:39 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9/24/2012 | Annysa Johnson
    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and victims of sex abuse by priests and others in authority have extended their court-ordered mediation into next week, prompting speculation that one of the Catholic Church's largest bankruptcies could be nearing a close. Lawyers for both sides met for another session Monday with the mediator, retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Randall J. Newsome of San Francisco, in hopes of hammering out a settlement that would compensate victims and allow the archdiocese to continue its mission.
  • San Rafael priest granted diversion in China Camp nudity case

    09/24/2012 7:18:13 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 9/21/2012 | Gary Klien
    A San Rafael priest charged with exposing himself at China Camp State Park was granted misdemeanor diversion, giving him the chance to clear his record in two years. The Rev. Feliciano Torres Mofan, 58, was arrested Aug. 23 during an undercover sting at the state park, where rangers were cracking down on lewd behavior and sexual activity. The park said Mofan approached a plainclothes ranger at Chicken Coop Hill, propositioned him for sex and exposed himself.
  • Victorian Catholic Church reveals 620 abuse cases

    09/24/2012 8:19:34 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 13 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9/22/2012
    The Catholic Church in Victoria has revealed that at least 620 children have been abused by its clergy since the 1930s, sparking a fresh call for an independent inquiry into sex abuse. The Catholic Church in Victoria revealed the number in a submission to a state parliamentary hearing on Friday but said the instances of abuse reported had fallen dramatically from the "appalling" numbers of the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Oakdale priest, 47, charged in sex assault of boy, 12

    09/21/2012 6:36:26 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 62 replies
    Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | 9/20/2012 | Emily Gurnon
    An Oakdale priest has been charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a 12-year-old boy. The boy reported to his mother that Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 47, pastor of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul, had been sexually abusing him in a camper trailer in the church parking lot, according to a criminal complaint.