Topic / Crime

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 […]

Prayers for man who damaged a ‘magic schlepping circle’

Following an appearance in court yesterday of Yerachmiel E Taube, inset, on charges related to the repeated vandalism of an eruv in Sharon, Massachusetts, Rabbi Noah Cheses said after the arraignment that he hopes that Taube – who once attended temple at Young Israel of Sharon – gets the help he needs.  According to this […]

Vandal destroys ‘critical piece of Jewish infrastructure’

Yerachmiel E Taube, 28, of Sharon, Massachusetts, is due in court today (Monday) following his arrest at the weekend for destroying what local police have called ‘a critical piece of Jewish infrastructure’  – an eruv. An eruv is an artificial boundary usually made up of poles and string that, according to Jewish law, allows Jews […]

Tennessee pastor arrested for attempted rape of a young girl

William E ‘Tim’ Smith, Jr, pastor at the Tennessee Church of God in Palmer, has been suspended by the church following his arrest this week for the attempted rape of a girl aged 12. According to this report, the church is asking for prayers for all concerned. In a statement it said: On June 1, […]

Former UK imam jailed for abusing a boy in a mosque

Mohammed Rabani, 61, a former imam at a mosque in Sneinton, Nottinghamshire, today (Thursday) received a five-year jail sentence after he was found guilty earlier this month of of three charges of indecent assault committed 25 years ago. According to this report, Nottingham Crown Court’s judge Gregory Dickinson QC told Rabani that the fact that the […]

Convicted archbishop sparks fury with ‘pray for me’ letter

Australian Philip Wilson, the Archbishop of Adelaide who was found guilty this week  of concealing child sexual abuse, has caused outrage by sending a letter to Catholic schools in his home state, asking pupils to ‘please continue to pray for me’. Wilson’s letter, according to this report, first went viral on Twitter, and then Reddit, […]