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Big cash stash is found in Michigan priest’s luxury home

Michigan State police say they discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in the mansion of the Rev Jonathan Wehrle, above, a priest who is accused of embezzling millions. The search of Wehrle’s home in Williamston was conducted on Tuesday. Police say money was in $2,000 bundles secured with cash bands that said, “For Deposit Only-St. […]

Arrested: wife of Idaho pervert chose prayer over police action

Sarah Kester, 50, a member of the Followers of Christ Church, told police after her arrest last week that her religious beliefs prevented her from reporting her husband – Lester Kester Jr, 48 – to the police for sexually abusing their daughters. According to this report Lester Kester told detectives on July 11 that he […]

‘Strip Mother Teresa of Indian honour,’ says BJP politician

Subramanian Swamy, above, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party MP who has attacked Mother Teresa for her efforts to ‘Christianise’ India, is now calling for her to be stripped of India‘s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India). According to this report, his call last week came after Indian authorities busted a baby-trafficking racket […]

Deadly Oregon faith healing cult claims another victim

Travis Lee Mitchell, 22, and Sarah Elaine Mitchell, 25, were today sentenced to more than six years in prison for failing to get proper medical care for their newborn baby, who died last June. The couple – members of the deadly Followers of Christ Church in Oregon – pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and […]

Woman who labelled Egypt a ‘son of a bitch’ country is jailed

Mona el-Mazboh, 24, a Lebanese tourist who used Facebook to attack sexual harassment she experienced in Egypt, was sentenced on Saturday to eight years in prison. According to this report, she was arrested last month at Cairo airport at the end of her stay in Egypt after a 10-minute video, in which she called Egypt […]

Woman faces jail for stealing cash from a Catholic church

A Wisconsin woman, Deborah Marcellus, 63, inset, faces a lengthy jail sentence for stealing more than $800,000 from a Catholic Church. Marcellus, who held the position of Director of Development at Rice Lake’s St. Joseph Catholic Church, was indicted on two counts: filing of incorrect income tax return and wire fraud. She pleaded guilty earlier […]

Pressure mounts on Pope to sack convicted archbishop

Anger is mounting in Australia over the refusal of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, 67, to resign after he was sentenced this week to a year’s detention for covering up clerical sex abuse – and pressure is being put on Pope Francis to sack him. According to this report, child sexual abuse survivor Peter Gogarty has […]

Vicious UK imam jailed for 17 months for terrorising kids

Abdul Rauf, 51, described as “a nasty bully of a man” was jailed this week for bullying and beating children as young as ten in his Islamic study classes. According to this report, Rauf admitted 21 separate charges but a judge at Manchester Crown Court took around 80 attacks into account. Police said they saw […]

Clerical sex abuse: archbishop gets 12 months’ detention

The most senior clergyman in the world to be convicted of concealing child sex abuse, Adelaide’s Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson, has just been sentenced to 12 months’ detention – but not behind bars. According to this report, magistrate Robert Stone adjourned Wilson’s case to August 14 while the priest is assessed for home detention. He […]

Vatican diplomat Carlo Capella jailed for child porn offences

At the conclusion the first such trial of its kind in the Vatican Monsignor Carlo Capella, above, was jailed yesterday for five years and fined €5,000 (£4,400) for possessing and distributing child pornography. According to this report, Capella admitted to viewing the images during what he called a period of “fragility” and personal crisis sparked […]