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Pastor No 2 in porn pickle

A CHURCH minister from Strängnäs in central Sweden has resigned from his post after his porn-surfing habits led to the spread of a virus that knocked out the local church network, according to this Metro report.

The Church of Sweden minister admitted to spending a lot of time at work viewing pornographic websites.

His surfing habits might have gone undiscovered had not the sites he visited opened the gates to a virulent computer virus.

The unnamed pastor’s behaviour came to light just weeks after an Australian pastor, Michael Guglielmucci, falsely claimed to have terminal cancer, and admitted that he was a porn addict.

Archbishop Anders Wejryd  said:

Priests are people too. But I have no understanding at all for someone sitting and surfing for porn on the parish computers.

The church authorities have not yet decided whether the minister should be formally defrocked.

The number of sex-related cases involving men of the cloth has skyrocketed in recent years, according to Metro:

A pastor in Gothenburg recently came under scrutiny for moistening Post-It notes with his penis and sticking them up in an office. After an official review, the authorities decided to allow the minister to remain in his job.

We are mystified. Surely Post-It notes are all self-adhesive!?

Craig Gross, founder and pastor of the US-based XXXchurch.com – motto: “The No 1 Christian Porn Site” – was recently reported as saying:

With a $57 billion dollar industry someone’s consuming porn. And unfortunately Christians are leading the pack. We have a third of our pastors in the pulpit that are addicted to pornography. The problem is that no one knows, it is a dirty little secret.

XXX.church.com is, in reality, an anti-porn site. Gross, 32, launched it in 2002 to fight addiction to internet pornography, especially among Christians, and part of its campaign is to hand out free Bibles to porn stars and their fans at adult film conventions.

Anti-porn campaigner Craig Gross

Anti-porn campaigner Craig Gross

But, according to this report by the LA Times‘ then religious correspondent William Lobdell, who recently lost his faith in Christianity, Gross’s organisation came under fire in 2006 from the American Bible Society when they tried to put their “Jesus Loves Porn Stars” brand on covers of the New Testament.

The Society said that while it applauded the outreach to those who make a living off pornography, “the wording is misleading and inappropriate for a New Testament.

But Gross insisted their slogan wasn’t misleading:

Jesus does love porn stars and the message doesn’t insinuate that he loves pornography.

The XXXchurch.com pastors say the rejection of the cover is typical of the clash between old-school Christianity — with its rigid structure and traditions — and an emerging brand practiced mostly by younger Christians who focus on relationships, spiritual experiences and converting nonbelievers through bold, sometimes edgy marketing.

Gross added:

This whole religious rule book just needs to be burned, and we need to reinvent the rules, Otherwise, Christianity is going to fade away.

NOTE: William Lobdell has written a highly acclaimed book about his voyage from evangelical Christianity to non-belief. It’s entitled Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America – and Found Unexpected Peace.

HAT TIP: Dave McKeegan

4 responses to “Pastor No 2 in porn pickle”

  1. Barry Duke says:

    A reader has just sent me this joke:
    A priest checks into a hotel and says to the receptionist “I hope the porn channel on my TV is disabled”.
    She replies “No sir, it’s just ordinary porn, you sick bastard!”.

  2. Guess Who says:

    The fool hath said in his heart: There is no GOD.

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

    You are a complete fucking moron.

    Die.

  3. Jeffrey Amos says:

    I believe the phrasing you were looking for is “Those who say in their hearts ‘There is no God’ are fools.” But I appreciate the dilemma you may have found yourself in, simultaneously wanting to say something biblical and logical.

  4. Bart the Pirate says:

    “virulent computer virus” ?