Topic / Crime

Catholic priest alleged to have five-fingered more than £3-m

After Michigan priest Jonathan Wehrle, above, was accused last year of embezzling more than $5-m (£3.56-m) to fund a lavish lifestyle, his parishioners were told to by a bishop to reflect on all the good things he had done. Bishop Earl Boyea begged the faithful not to let the case destroy what they loved about […]

Thai girl dies after drinking ‘holy water’ given by monks

The teenage girl shown in the framed picture died in Thailand last weekend after three monks made her drink ‘holy water’ to overcome a ‘black magic curse’. According to this report, police in Chaiyaphum’s Kaeng Khro district are now trying to find the monks who went on the run after the the girl died. During […]

Homophobic pastor arrested on charges of child molestation

Nashville pastor Matthew Dennis Patterson has been arrested for allegedly molesting a number of children over two decades. The Nolensville Road Baptist Church pastor, a vocal opponent of anti-discrimination bills designed to protect jobs and housing for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, is accused of engaging “in strange activities” with children. Kids at the church […]

‘Godman’, accused of rape, reunited with his severed penis

Last year it was widely reported in India that that a Hindu “holy man” in Kerala lost 90 percent of his penis when he was ‘bobbitised‘ by a young woman he had allegedly been raping over several years. A series of bizarre twists and turns took place after the attack on Hari Sami aka Swami […]

Boy, 11, punched a priest in a bid to avoid sexual assault

A 51-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons claims that he was punished after he reported Father Francis Paul Moore, above, for attempting to abuse him in  a Scottish church. According to this report, the alleged victim was just 11 when he had an encounter with Moore in St Margaret’s Church in Castlepark. […]

Pastor jailed for causing death of a ‘demonic’ two-year-old boy

Aracely Meza, above, pastor at a Texas church called Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey, was jailed last Friday for 99 years for starving a child she believed was possessed by the devil. According to this report, Benjamin Aparicio died on March 22, 2015. Weeks before his death, Meza, 52, had ordered that food be withheld from him […]

Catholic bishop and several cohorts arrested for theft

Bishop José Ronaldo Ribeiro, above, has been arrested in Brazil. He and several Catholic other priests are accused of fleecing the faithful to the tune of around $600,000 (£425,000). According to this report, the arrests took place as part of an operation called “Caiphas,” which began at the crack of dawn on Monday. Close to […]

‘Nazi pug’ case: Scottish court finds man guilty of hate crime

Mark Meechan, 30, pictured above with a pug called Buddha, will be sentenced next month after he was found guilty this week of posting a video on YouTube that was ‘anti-semitic and racist in nature’. According to this report, Meechan filmed the dog – his girlfriend’s pet – giving Nazi salutes. It responded to statements such […]

Faith-based probation order led to teenager’s abuse by priest

After a 17-year-old Michigan teen had been ordered by a court to complete community service under the supervision of a Catholic priest – Fr Robert DeLand, above – he fell victim to sexual abuse by the priest. DeLand, according to this report, was subsequently arrested late last month for sexually assaulting the teen as well […]

‘Historic’ judgment sees priest jailed in Mexico for 63 years

Legal history was made in Mexico this week when Carlos López Valdez, above, became the first priest in the country to receive a jail sentence for sexual abuse. The priest, according to this report, was officially removed from ministry in 2011, but according to several Mexican newspapers, he continued to celebrate Mass in Mexico City […]