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The statistics are that there is as much or more abuse amongst Protestant ministers as among Roman Catholic priests.  However, those stories don’t make national news, as most of the priest incidents do.  I (continue to) wonder why. 

Regardless of how they are reported, these are sad stories, like this one in the Cincinnati Enquirer:

BATAVIA TWP. – A former youth minister at a Clermont County church was found shot to death Monday, hours after he pleaded guilty to sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct involving a 15-year-old girl.

Christopher E. Evans, 39, was free on his own recognizance but due back in court Tuesday morning for a new bond hearing because prosecutors had obtained letters he wrote to the victim despite a judge’s order that he have no contact with her.

A sheriff’s deputy patrolling the Slade Road entrance to Harsha Lake at East Fork State Park at 11:15 p.m. Monday discovered a man who apparently killed himself in a truck with a shotgun blast to the face. The truck was registered to Evans, said Lt. Randy McElfresh of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The county coroner’s office confirmed the identity Tuesday after the man’s fingerprints were compared with those on file for Evans, McElfresh said.

The ranger station parking lot in Batavia Township where the body was found is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said John Gillespie, law enforcement manager for East Fork State Park. The area doesn’t usually close at night.

Evans faced up to 50 years in prison at a sentencing scheduled for April before Judge Victor M. Haddad of Common Pleas Court in Batavia. He also faced a fine of up to $100,000.

Evans said little during the Monday hearing at which he pleaded guilty to five counts of each charge. At one point, he bowed his head and wiped tears from his eyes with a handkerchief.

A full-time minister at Saltair Church of Christ on Ohio 222 in Tate Township for more than two years, Evans expressed suicidal thoughts to others after his arrest and had access to weapons, according to court records.

“He is a broken man,” Brother Bob Wickline, senior minister of the church, told The Enquirer after Evans was arrested in December. “He is very, very remorseful.”

Evans faced up to 100 years in prison after being indicted Dec. 16 on 10 counts of each charge. He entered the guilty plea after the prosecution agreed to drop half the charges, which spared the girl from having to testify at a trial.

The judge told Evans on Monday that he would read letters written to the girl by Evans.

“If those letters are real and they say some things that are disturbing to the court, (the prosecutor) may ask me to set a hearing on your bond,” the judge said.
“Here’s what you need to know: You’re going to sink or swim based on what you’ve done and on what you do,” the judge said. “I’m capable of putting you on (probation), and I’m capable of giving you 50 years.”

Evans had been acting as a parent to the girl, the prosecutor told the judge.
She had lived with Evans, his wife and their children on Pitzer Road in Tate Township, Wickline told The Enquirer.

Evans began a sexual relationship with the girl in July. It continued until authorities were notified Dec. 7, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg said.

The nondenominational church was founded in 1948. Its Web site calls it “a down-home country church where folks are still the salt of the Earth.”

The girl was a member of the congregation’s youth group, but there was no indication any abuse took place at the church or during church activities, the sheriff has said.

Evans was youth minister to the congregation of about 400 people from November 2007 until December of last year. He recently moved to the Macon area of Brown County.

Ex-minister facing prison found dead

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I think I summed up my point of view in the title of this post.  I am very tired of the arm-waving, screaming in our face, out of control and irrational actions of the Gay Evangelists.  Are you?  You have read the CNA coverage of the Pope’ remarks.  Now, the next day international press version of the this story, as exemplified by AFP on Yahoo.   

To recap –What horrid thing did the Pope say?  He said that religious institutions such as the Church  should not be forced to hire, support or actively promote the gay agenda.  Most people agree with this, even if they don’t like the Catholic Church.   But the Gay Evangelists will keep pushing and yelling and arm-waving until they get their way.  Their temper tantrum has been making shocking headways since the ’70s.  Thank God for the Pope, for standing in the way. 

Let us join with him in standing up for our Christ’s teachings.

Anger after pope condemns gay-friendly laws

by Michael Thurston Michael Thurston 1 hr 42 mins ago

LONDON (AFP) – Gay-rights campaigners and secularists called on Tuesday for protests during a visit to Britain by Pope Benedict XVI this year after he condemned equality legislation seen as friendly to gays.

The 82-year-old pontiff made his comments on Monday, when he confirmed plans to visit Britain later this year in what would be the first such trip in 28 years. The papal trip is expected in September, one minister has said.

Human rights campaigner and gay activist Peter Tatchell said he saw the pope’s remarks as an attack on the legal rights granted to gay people and women.

“His ill-informed claim that our equality laws undermine religious freedom suggests that he supports the right of churches to discriminate in accordance with their religious ethos.

“He seems to be defending discrimination by religious institutions and demanding that they should be above the law.”

The pope said Britain “is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity.”

But he added that “the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.”

“In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed.”

Observers said the pontiff was referring to legislation that took effect on January 1, 2009 preventing adoption agencies — including Catholic ones — from discriminating against gay couples.

The government said equality legislation did not apply to purely religious jobs.

“Employment and non-discrimination law applies to religious organisations when they employ people in non-religious jobs in the same way that it does to all other employers,” said women and equality minister Harriet Harman.

“We have never insisted on non-discrimination legislation applying to religious jobs such as being a vicar, a bishop, an imam or a rabbi. Religious organisations can decide themselves how to do that.

“However, when it comes to non-religious jobs, those organisations must comply with the law.”

Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s spokesman said the premier had “enormous respect and admiration for the Pope and is very much looking forward to his visit”.

He did not comment directly on the pope’s remarks, but said: “The government has set out very clearly its position on equal opportunities and the legislation that Harriet Harman and others have talked about is very clear.”

The date of the papal trip has not been confirmed but Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy was quoted last year as saying ministers had drawn up a programme for a papal visit from September 16 to 19.

The National Secular Society (NSS) reacted furiously to the pope’s remarks.

Terry Sanderson, president of the NSS, said: “The taxpayer in this country is going to be faced with a bill of some 20 million pounds for the visit of the pope.

“A visit in which he has already indicated he will attack equal rights and promote discrimination.”

He said he would appeal to gay groups, feminist groups, family planning organisations, pro-choice groups, victim support groups and “anyone who feels under siege from the Vatican?s current militancy” to take part in the protests.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100202/wl_uk_afp/vaticanbritainpopereligiongay;_ylt=AkUq96k396h9v.2o6_rNgUGmG78C;_ylu=X3oDMTNqZW91aTRrBGFzc2V0A2FmcC8yMDEwMDIwMi92YXRpY2FuYnJpdGFpbnBvcGVyZWxpZ2lvbmdheQRjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzUEcG9zAzUEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yaWVzBHNsawNhbmdlcmFmdGVycG8

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UPDATE:  The AP reports this evening that the school district in Taunton is denying salient parts of this story, including the reported suspension, whether the drawing in question is the same one from the class that concerned the teacher and even that a Christmas-related drawing was done in school.  In other words, this is a big mess.   Stay tuned.

This is an appalling story.  These teachers and administrators canNOT be this dumb, can they?  It has to be some form of prejudice.  Sounds like Christian prejudice to me, although the article suggests that race may be involved.  This poor kid.   His dad is right: what the kid saw at the Shrine was a GOOD thing, not bad. 

And is the AP equating a stick figure drawing of a school shooting with a stick figure drawing of our Lord crucified?  Duh.  It’s the Associated Press;  of course they are.

Dec 15 02:50 PM US/Eastern
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) – An 8-year-old boy was sent home from school and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after he was asked to make a Christmas drawing and came up with what appeared to be a stick figure of Jesus on a cross, the child’s father said Tuesday.Chester Johnson told WBZ-TV that his son made the drawing on Dec. 2 after his second-grade teacher asked children to sketch something that reminded them of the holiday.

Johnson said the teacher became upset when his son said he drew himself on the cross. Johnson, who is black, told WBZ he suspects racism is involved. He said he thinks the school overreacted and wants an apology.

Johnson told the Taunton Daily Gazette, which first reported the story on Tuesday, that his son gets specialized reading and speech instruction and has never been violent in school.

An educational consultant working with the Johnson family said the teacher was also alarmed when the boy drew Xs for Jesus’ eyes.

A call to Johnson was not immediately returned.

The boy was cleared to return to school on Dec. 7 after the evaluation found nothing to indicate that he posed a threat to himself or others. But his father said the boy was traumatized by the incident and the school district has approved the family’s request to have the child transferred to another school.

“They owe my family an apology and the kid an apology and they need to work with my son (to) the best of their ability to get him back to where he was before all this happened,” Johnson told New England Cable News.

The father said in the days before the incident the family had gone to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, where there are crucifixion statues.

“That was fresh on his mind,” he told NECN. “And that was a good thing that he saw.”

Superintendent Julie Hackett said she could not discuss an individual student and did not address the drawing specifically or the teacher’s reaction to it, but did say the school has safety protocols in place that were followed.

Hackett did not return multiple calls from The Associated Press on Tuesday.

In June 2008, a Taunton fifth-grade student was suspended for a day for a stick figure drawing that appeared to depict him shooting his teacher and a classmate.

(emphasis mine)

See original story here:  Mass. 2nd-grader sent home for crucifix drawing.

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Here is another reason why the American press is not worth reading or listening to anymore.  The vile, ill-informed-but-that-doesn’t-stop-her-from-spouting-off-opinions-(and getting paid for it)-which-are-hateful-as-well-as-wrong, Maureen Dowd, shows her ignorance of and outright contempt for the Catholic Church.

Dowd has never met a conservative anything that she didn’t trash.  I don’t mean “criticize” I mean “trash.”  Who reads her?  It should be declared hate speech. 

The New York Times is so consistently, liberally outrageous, it has become a joke.  Unfortunately, they lost their sense of humor when they lost their ethics and objectivity, so they haven’t gotten that the the joke is on them yet.  Perhaps when they go through a couple more cycles of firings and layoffs. 

Excuse me while I go shower off the Ick that was left on me by reading Maureen Dowd.  :-P

originally post stamp:  Published on: Oct 26, 2009 @ 13:58 Edit

UPDATE:   Well, Maureen really has done it now.  Seems Catholics Liberal and Conservative are equally offended by her rant.  Anna Arco’s Diary has the details.

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If you read through NYT’s Maureen Dowd spewing venom and rage in your face, then you may want need the antidote.  Via Without Having Seen (thanks Ryan!) comes the ever rational, ever calm, ever loving Fr. Barron to put a proper perspective on the Apostolic Visitation of U.S. Women Religious.  A perfect antidote!

 

 

Thank you Jesus for sending us lights to guide us in the darkness.  Thank you Holy Spirit for imparting Wisdom to lights like Fr Barron, that through them Truth might be known.  And thanks Fr. Barron for the right message at the right time.

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