Catholic clerical child porn in Idaho, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Retired Boise priest appears in court on child-sex-related charges

5 February 2018

Father W. Thomas Faucher is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.

By Martin Cizmar in the USA:

Idaho priest busted with massive trove of kiddie porn, allegedly had ‘desires to rape and kill children

17 Mar 2018 at 17:44 ET

A retired Idaho priest is facing more felony charges as prosecutors say he had 2,000 images and videos, including images that depicted the rape and torture of kids.

Prosecutors say they have since discovered chat logs in which Rev. W. Thomas Faucher talked about his “desires to rape and kill children.”

“There are countless, countless, countless graphic chat conversations on his computer where he is very specific about how his sexual interests are evolving”, a prosecutor told the court while filing new charges. “He discusses in great detail the desires he has to sexually abuse and even kill children.”

Faucher, 72, of Boise, was arraigned in February on charges including sexual exploitation of a child, distributing sexually exploitative material involving children and possession of marijuana, LSD and ecstasy.

He was given an eviction notice from the church-owned home where he lives though he has until April to leave. He is out of jail on bond and living at the home.

In February, police raided his home and found a massive trove of child pornography and drugs after an adult came forward with charges that he molested them 40 years ago. Some of the images involved infants, prosecutors said.


Dutch right-wing bishops sabotage Pope Francis I

This video from the USA says about itself:

Conservatives Rage Against Pope Francis

23 September 2015

Pope Francis has been extremely open and outspoken on a number of different issues that touch on society, values, and politics. This is not sitting well with the right wing, who value the opinions of the owner class over religious leaders. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola (Think Tank), hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down.

“Pope Francis quietly but forcefully made his priorities clear during his first full day in the United States on Wednesday, urging in a pair of speeches a renewed emphasis on tackling global poverty, confronting climate change, caring for migrants and providing a welcoming church that is pastoral rather than doctrinaire.

President Obama welcomed the spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics with the fanfare of trumpets and a show of solidarity, escorting him onto a red-carpeted stage at the South Portico of the White House and praising his moral authority that “comes not just through words but also through deeds.””

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Francis, loved by the people, controversial to the church leadership

by Robert Chesal
Foreign affairs editor

He is still very popular. In five years time, Pope Francis has won many hearts for his humour and social engagement. But his unorthodox style has also sown division within the Roman Catholic Church. In the Netherlands too. …

But the high expectations that Francis has raised now threaten to turn against him. The last few months there has been a lot of criticism from the victims of sexual abuse by priests. In January, Francis got much criticism when he accused Chilean victims of slander. Before that, there were already writings on the wall when two victims, a Briton and an Irishman, resigned from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

For Raymond Lelkens, himself a victim of the Jesuit-based Canisius College in Nijmegen, enough is enough. “Initially, the pope seemed to be different, but gradually it became clear that little has changed, beautiful words are spoken, but transparency is still lacking and protecting the organization remains priority number one.”

Though women’s rights activists are milder about Pope Francis, their patience may be near its end as well.

“I would like to say to him: give women leadership positions in the Vatican.” Laetitia van der Lans, theologian and communication advisor for Dutch parishes, is still enthusiastic about Francis. But according to her, he has to put his money where his mouth is.

“He’s talking about female genius, so go ahead in practice, and I’m not even talking about female priests, let women co-manage, not just in communication and culture.” With a more feminine church, the church may tilt the whole picture.”


Others in the church community want the pope to be less carried away by social pressure. The retired Brabant parish priest Cor Mennen even went so far as to accuse Francis of spreading heresies. He did so as co-signer of a letter to the pope by conservative clergy and theologians.

“Francis gives the impression of leaving the door ajar for gay marriage, and he translates his love of the poor into a left-wing political course, with support for Cuba and negotiations with the communist regime in China. Instead, he should maintain unity and spread Christian doctrine”, says Mennen.

So, according to Mennen, apparently the task of popes is to enforce unity based on the ‘Christian doctrine’ of Cuba-hating, China-hating and poor people-hating Donald Trump.

Fiery opposition to Francis also comes from the church leadership itself. Led by Cardinal Wim Eijk, the Dutch bishops’ conference keeps the Pope literally at a distance. Attempts to organize a papal visit to the Netherlands, which started in 2013, have been stopped by Eijk. With great tensions as a result.

Why the Dutch church leadership hates the idea of a visit by Francis is not certain. But sources within the church think it has to do with a difference in vision about the direction of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Eijk, and many Dutch bishops with him, are said to be advocates of a church where everyone strictly adheres to the rules, even if that leads to a smaller church. That is in contrast to Francis, who has a vision of an open and hospitable church where everyone is welcome.

From 1970 on till Pope Francis, conservative popes filled vacancies in Dutch dioceses with right-wing bishops; still prevalent in the Dutch hierarchy. Quite some of these bishops practiced and/or covered up clerical child abuse. The most notorious one of these conservative newly Right Reverend gentlemen was the late Bishop Gijsen; the church admitted his child abuse only after he had died.

Meghan Markle’s Anglican baptism with holy, but polluted? water

This 8 March 2018 video from England is called Meghan Markle has finally been baptized into the Church of England.

By Tom Powell in Britain, 8 March 2018:

Meghan Markle has reportedly been baptised into the Church of England in a secret ceremony led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The divorced American actress is said to have been formally introduced to the Anglican faith with Prince Harry at her side ahead of their wedding in May.

The Daily Mail reported that the 45-minute service took place at the Chapel Royal on Tuesday evening, using holy water from the River Jordan.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were among the guests at what was described as a private affair. …

Holy water from the River Jordan was poured on the former Suits star’s head as part of the religious ritual, the Daily Mail reported.

That water may have been holy, but it was also very expensive, as it had to be flown in from Israel/Palestinian territory/Jordan. Commoner Church of England baptisms cost a lot less. Though the water may have been holy, it may have harmed Ms Markle’s health: as there are big river Jordan pollution problems.


Pope Francis’ deserving and undeserving new saints

Romero commemorated in El Salvador

This 2016 photo shoes thousands of people in El Salvador in an annual procession, commemorating the murder of Archbishop Romero in 1980. The sign says: His murderers have not been on trial yet. Monsignor Romero is a saint of the people. Not of the prayer card.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Oscar Romero, the archbishop of El Salvador who was murdered in 1980, will be declared a saint. This has been announced by Pope Francis during a meeting of cardinals in Rome.

Romero is an icon for many Roman Catholics in Latin America. He committed himself to the poor and antagonized the Salvadoran elite and the army by denouncing repression, torture and social inequality.

Death squad

El Salvador was a right-wing dictatorship in those years and suffered a bloody civil war, which claimed many tens of thousands of lives. Countless priests who supported Romero in his struggle for human rights and his critique of the regime were murdered.

On March 24, 1980, Romero celebrated a mass in a hospital chapel when he was shot dead by a member of an extreme right death squad. In 2015 he was beatified during a ceremony in the capital San Salvador, attended by hundreds of thousands of people, including foreign heads of state. When he will be declared to be a saint is not yet known.

Paul VI

At the same time, the Vatican announced today that the former Pope Paul VI will be declared to be a saint later this year. The Italian was pope from 1963 until his death in 1978. He put an end to reforms within the church and confirmed the ecclesiastical prohibition of abortion and the use of contraceptives.


Moonies’ mass shotgun wedding in the USA

Moonies' mass AR-15 wedding in the USA

By Josh Salisbury, 3rd March 2018, 9:37 AM:

Anti-gay church marries couples toting assault rifles in gun control protest

An anti-gay church has married dozens of straight couples toting deadly assault rifles, in a protest over gun control.

The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, from Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, held a mass ceremony to marry the couples and encouraged them to bring their weapons with them.

The Church – which has a homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic ideology according the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a hate monitoring body – believes that guns are the ‘rods of iron’ referred to in the Old Testament.

Attendees at the ceremony wore crowns made of bullets and venerated the AR-15s that they had bought with them for their wedding ceremony. An AR-15 was used in the Parkland school shooting in Florida on February 14 which left 17 dead.

Demonstrators against Moonies' AR-15 mass wedding

A nearby school was forced to close over concerns for children’s safety as the religious group held their ceremony, while state police watched over the elaborate ritual to ease community tensions.

The group is an offshoot of the controversial Unification Church established by the late self-styled messiah, Rev Sun Myung Moon.

Followers of the Unification Church, known as ‘moonies’, often took part in mass weddings, with critics alleging that attendees were made to marry complete strangers.

Neither the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary nor its parent organisation believe in equal marriage.

The cult views guns as “religious accoutrements” and has become increasingly vocal following the growing clamour for greater gun control in the United States.

“Each of us is called to use the power of the ‘rod of iron’ not to arm or oppress as has been done in satanic kingdoms of this world, but to protect God’s children”, said the Sanctuary’s leader, Rev. Hyung Jin Moon in a statement.


United States religious anti-Jewish racism

This video from the USA says about itself:

22 February 2018

Lawsuit: College refused to hire coach with ‘Jewish blood’

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal lawsuit claims the president of a private Baptist college in Louisiana refused to approve a football coach’s hiring because of what he called the applicant’s “Jewish blood.” Joshua Bonadona sued Louisiana College and its president, Rick Brewer, on Wednesday.

Read more here.

From the Forward in the USA:

Baptist College Refused To Hire Football Coach With ‘Jewish Blood’: Lawsuit

February 22, 2018

By Aiden Pink

The president of a private Baptist college in Louisiana

The Southern Baptist Convention was founded as a separate church because of racism; they did not like northern Baptists’ criticisms of slavery.

refused to hire an alumnus applying to be a football coach because of what he called the applicant’s “Jewish blood” a new lawsuit claims.

While the blood of Jews is red, like all other humans’.

Joshua Bonadona, who was raised Jewish but converted to Christianity while a student at Louisiana College, filed suit on Wednesday against the school and its president, Rick Brewer, for violating his civil rights.

Bonadona had an interview to be a defensive backs coach with Brewer and head coach Justin Charles. He claims that during the interview, Brewer asked him about his and his parents’ religious affiliations. Bonadona says he responded by admitting his mother was Jewish but that he was a Christian.

Bonandona resigned his coaching job in Missouri after being assured by Charles that the new position was his, but quickly found out that his hiring had been denied because of his “Jewish descent”.

“Mr. Bonadona asked Justin Charles what that meant, and Justin Charles stated that Dr. Brewer refused to approve Mr. Bonadona’s hiring because of what Dr. Brewer called Mr. Bonadona’s ‘Jewish blood’”. the suit says.

Bonadona subsequently took a new job at a school in Arkansas for less money than he would have received at Louisiana College. His attorney, Bonadona’s attorney, James Bullman, told the Associated Press that while the private Baptist university had a right to take religion into account when hiring, Jews are considered a distinct race under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, thus making Bonadona’s non-hiring an illegal racist employment practice.

“This case has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with Josh’s Jewish heritage and racial background”, Bullman said.

Brewer, an ordained Baptist minister, did not responded to requests for comment from the AP.


Moonie religious cult blesses Florida school massacre weapons

This 20 February 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Gun owner destroys rifle after Florida shooting: ‘Now there’s one less’

Gun owner Scott Pappalardo has destroyed his AR-15 rifle in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting. Pappalardo posted a video of himself explaining his decision before chopping up the semi-automatic weapon. He asks: ‘Is the right to own this weapon more important than someone’s life? … I don’t think so’.

By Bob Brigham in the USA:

21 Feb 2018 at 15:27 ET

Church blesses assault weapons because ‘returning Christ’ will pack an AR-15

This non-sarcastic news item reminds me of this sarcastic comment on the Florida school massacre, perpetrated with an AR-15:

The Florida school shooting proves we need to arm every child over the age of six months for their own protection. Americans’ insistence about their right to guns is tied in with their Christian belief system. As we all know, when Jesus was asked what he would do if someone slapped him on his right cheek, he responded: ‘Load my AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and fire at random strangers in a shopping centre in Nazareth.

The pro-Trump neonazi Internet site the Daily Stormer does not go as far as arming six-month olds. They want firearms for 15-year-old school pupils as ‘solution’ for school shootings.

Meanwhile, Trump continues rant about arming ‘very talented teachers — and others’: here.

The Bob Brigham article continues:

Parishioners in Pennsylvania are planning to attend church services armed with AR-15 rifles so that they can be blessed, WNEP reported.

“This will be a big thing for us. It’s a new stage for us because it incorporates the rod of iron, as it is in Revelations. Revelations talks about the returning Christ ruling with the rod of iron”, said Tim Elder.

Sanctuary Church and Rod of Iron Ministries is an offshoot of the Unification Church [aka the ‘Moonies’], founded by the late Sun Myung Moon. It is led by his son, the Rev. Sean Moon.

“This rod of iron is the AR-15, in today’s terms”, Elder claimed.

Elder is referencing Revelation 2:27.

“And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father”, the King James translation reads. Other translations refer to an “iron scepter” instead of “rod of iron.”

Sun Myung Moon also founded the conservative Washington Times.
Moonie cult publication, cartoon

The AR-15 blessing ceremony will occur in Dreher Township in Northeast Pennsylvania. The Moon family moved their Kahr Firearms factory to nearby Blooming Grove in 2015.

The Rev. Sean Moon attended the Kahr Firearms grand opening, which is run by his brother, Justin Moon.

“We are so inspired to be in this land, so different from other states in which we’ve been”, said Reverend Sean Moon, Sanctuary Church.

Kahr Firearms moved to Pennsylvania to be able to manufacture so-called, “Tommy Guns” — semi-automatic Thompson submachine guns. The Prohibition-era weapon is also known as the ‘Chicago Typewrite.’

“We had to look for more gun-friendly state in northeast. Pennsylvania as a large state is most gun-friendly northeastern state”, Justin Moon explained.

“It’s the minority that keeps on saying we have an issue, issue is decided”, Justin Moon argued, adding “we love freedom, we love our guns, we’re not going to give them up.”

… parents of students at nearby Wallenpaupack South Elementary School worry about the AR-15 “blessing” event.

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