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Police find child porn and drugs in an Illinois Catholic Church

Catholic priest Gerald R Hechenberger, associate pastor of the Holy Childhood Church and school in Mascoutah, Illinois, was arrested this week and charged with 16 counts of possessing child pornography. Hechenberger, 54, also was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Belleville police issued a statement saying Hechenberger was identified as being in possession of multiple images […]

Philly priest jailed: Catholic ‘morality’ takes another hit

A Philadelphia judge expressed surprise this week that Catholic Church officials thought it was best to forgive and forget the fact that Msgr William Dombrow, above, had embezzled half-million dollars meant to fund the care of aging and retired priests. Their “no harm, no foul” attitude stemmed from the fact that the local diocese believed […]

Mystery surrounds deaths of atheist billionaire and his wife

Almost 10,000 people – including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – today attended the funeral of Barry and Honey Sherman who were found dead of ligature neck compression at their luxury home in Toronto on December 15. The deaths left Canadians deeply shocked, not least because police have so far not indicated that billionaire Barry […]

Grace Cathedral accused of swindling a mentally ill woman

Grace Cathedral, a megachurch in Ohio run by money-grubbing televangelist 96-year-old Ernest Angley, above, has become mired in a yet another scandal. Back in May of this year, we reported that a federal judge ordered Angley to pay more than $388,000 (£299,000) in damages and back wages to a group of employees forced to work […]

Jailed for life: ex-priest who murdered a woman in 1960

It took 57 years for justice to catch up with John Bernard Feit, 85, who was found guilty last week of killing Irene Garza, a schoolteacher and former beauty queen, after she went to him for confession at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas, in 1960. According to this report, although colleagues and elected […]

Catholic school sheltered child abusers, says former abbot

A former abbot at Downside Abbey in Somerset, Aidan Bellenger, above, claims that a school attached to the monastery sheltered child sex offenders and tolerated abuse. According to this report, Downside Abbey is is being investigated by an Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse after two of its monks were jailed for child sex offences. […]

Toddler allegedly killed at Florida House of Prayer school

Anna Elizabeth Young, above, who ran the House of Prayer for All People religious boarding school in Micannopy, Florida, has been arrested in Georgia on charges of torturing and killing a toddler in the late 1980s. The alleged killing, according to this report, came to light after a year-long investigation into the abuse suffered by […]

Women arrested for procuring young girls for S African pastor

Two women were arrested this week in South Africa for allegedly procuring sex partners, some as young 13, for Nigerian-born pastor Timothy Omotoso, above. According to this report, the televangelist and senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International Church in Durban, was arrested in April this year and faces charges of having sex with at […]

Abuse of children in Pakistan’s madrassas is rife, say report

The photo above, showing a distraught Pakistani mother, Kausar Parveen, comforting her nine-year-old son who had been raped in an Islamic school by a Muslim cleric, appears today in a shocking AP report about widespread sexual abuse of children in madrassas across the country. The AP investigation found that sexual abuse in the madrassas is a […]

Christian school teacher in Iowa faces 140 abuse charges

The arrest in October of fifth grade teacher Curtis Van Dam, 35, of Sioux Center Christian School in northwest Iowa, has led to a lot of hand-wringing and talk of prayer from the ‘Christ-centered’ school’s officials.  Van Dam, according to a statement issued by the school, has been charged with 101 felonies and 39 misdemeanours […]