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Catholic priest sentenced to federal prison for child pornography, exploitation

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

This is article 205 of 329 in the topic Criminal Activity

A suspended Catholic priest in Pennsylvania was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday for violating federal child sexual exploitation laws, according to the FBI.

Bartley Sorensen, who pleaded guilty last year to federal child pornography charges, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison. Sorensen was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine, a police source told the Law Enforcement Examiner.

The 63-year-old former pastor of St. John Fisher Church outside of Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty in May 2012 to receiving and possessing thousands of sexually explicit images of exploited children.

Sorensen was arrested in December 2011 after a parish lay employee who had undergone training to identify sexual predators saw him viewing child pornography on his computer and alerted law enforcement.

Investigators searched Sorensen’s church office, where they found 5,000 images on three CDs as well as additional photos and videos.

The images discovered included young boys either posing naked or engaged in sexual activity with other prepubescent males or adult males, according to affidavits.

One the photos depicted a nude male child with a rope around his genitals and what appeared to be blood on his genitals.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims.

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Pedophile Priest Battery-Vigilantism or Justice?

by Rev. Austin Miles on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

This is article 146 of 329 in the topic Criminal Activity

Antioch, California (7/8/12) Yesterday’s headlines proclaimed in highlighted caps: “LYNCH ACQUITTED IN PRIEST BEATING.”  John lynch had been brought to trial for beating Catholic Priest Jerold Linder, who had molested and raped Lynch when he was a little boy as well as his little brother who was 4 years old.

Homosexual rape is so violent that it rips the inside of the rectum, leaving raw nerves exposed resulting in continual excruciating pain. Making matters worse, that pervert made Lynch perform oral sex on his little brother as Linder watched.

Lynch tried to tell people but nobody listened. After all, a priest would never do such things. Finally, two years ago Lynch visited the so-called priest to talk to him about the molestations and rape when he and his brother were children.

Linden seemed to sneer as Lynch tried to talk to him and ask for an acknowledgment and apology. That sneer was the match that lit the fuse.

Lynch flew into Linder and punched him out. That would be the only justice in that case. Justice had never happened before, and since the Statute of Limitations had run out, it was obvious that the deviant priest would never be charged or held accountable.

Three days before the above news story, another was printed with the headline: “Parents Say Abuse Drove Son to Suicide.” (Contra Costa Times:7/4/12).

Homosexual rape has a lifelong effect on all its victims. In this case it was a U.C. Berkeley student who was sexually abused by a doctor at the university-run health care facility.

Dr. Robert Kevess would do countless ‘medical exams’ using that pretext to exercise his uncontrollable lusts. Elgin Stafford, his victim, overtaken by nightmares, shame, humiliation and anger, reached a breaking point and took his own life on March 29th.

University officials stated that “We just did not see any warning signs.” The best preventative is to start looking for those signs.

The horrendous cases of Catholic priests molesting and raping little boys has been staggering. The Catholic Church is not to blame, the church is valid. It is the administration that looked the other way when candidates for seminary displayed mannerisms consistent with perverts.

These clues are reason to exclude anyone from studying for the priesthood—now gays, cut it out. This is not about you. A pervert is ANY person that sexually abuses a child to satisfy a deviant lust upon children. Now stop it!

It is not a RIGHT to be accepted into seminary or, ordained as a priest or minister of the Gospel. Candidates should be qualified and exhibit an exemplary life coupled with unquestionable morals. Nothing less can be accepted..

These latest cases erupted while the embers were still smoldering over Pennsylvania State University Coach Jerry Sandusky’s child rape case.

Lynch risked 4 years in prison for slugging that degenerate by refusing a ‘plea deal.’  He just wanted the misdeeds of that ‘priest’ to be made public. The jury rightfully acquitted him.

Had I been there when he pummeled that priest, I would have helped him. Not just because of the child molestations, but because he defiled the collar he wore as a priest. How could he?

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Man who threatened to kill pro-life advocates pleads guilty in Manhattan

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, May 12th, 2012

This is article 132 of 329 in the topic Criminal Activity

Theodore Shulman, a 51-year old pro-abortion advocate, pled guilty on Friday in a Manhattan, New York, federal courtroom to one count of transmitting a threat to injure another person by posting a blog message threatening to kill two pro-life advocates. Shulman pled guilty before United States District Judge Paul A. Crotty.

FBI Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office, Janice K. Fedarcyk, stated, “There is a distinction between advocacy of one’s beliefs and making threats against those who disagree. Advocacy is a right protected by the FBI. Making threats is a serious crime.”

“I’m grateful to the detectives and other law enforcement personnel who have worked with me and Priests for Life throughout this case to gather and track the threats that I have received. The NYPD, the FBI, the Joint Terrorist Task Force, and the Department of Justice have done an exemplary and professional job,” said Father Frank Pavone, the Catholic priest who heads Priests for Life.

Father Pavone stated, “I was informed today that Theodore Shulman pleaded guilty to the charges of threatening pro-life leaders, myself included. I hope that his acceptance of personal responsibility for what he did, and his readiness to serve jail time for it, is for him the beginning of a road of conversion and repentance that will reach even to the point of renouncing his position in favor of legal abortion. Violence against me and other leaders is wrong for the same reason that violence against children in the womb is wrong. Both must be rejected.”

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “As Theodore Shulman [has learned] the hard way, the freedom to express one’s views in America is not a license to make violent threats. We will prosecute and punish those who choose to make their points through threats of violence rather than persuasion and argument.”

According to the indictment, the criminal complaint, the plea agreement, other public record material, and statements made in court during Friday’s plea proceeding:

On January 14, 2010, Shulman transmitted a threat to injure two victims – named Victim-1 and Victim-2  to protect their identities — who were pro-life advocates by submitting a message for posting on a blog called “SecondHandSmoke” that appears on the web site FirstThings.com.

The message was, “If Roeder is acquitted, someone will respond by killing [Victim-1] of [the University] and [Victim-2] of Priests for Life.” Roeder refers to Scott Roeder, who was convicted in 2010 for the murder of Dr. George Tiller, who was a doctor who provided abortion services.

Shulman was in possession of cyanide, castor beans, and rosary peas at the time of his arrest in February 2011.

Shulman faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Crotty on September 12, 2012.

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Obama: Violating Much More than Conscience

by Rev. Michael Bresciani on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

This is article 86 of 240 in the topic Religion

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In his latest show Gov. Mike Huckabee was seen interviewing a Catholic priest, as they spoke, the Governor said that since the Catholics have come under attack “we are all Catholics.” The audience accepted what he said and while they knew the Governor was not referring to some giant ecumenical switch to Catholicism he was stating the obvious. When the government suspends or denies first amendment principles to the church, be it Protestant or Catholic, we all tend to close ranks.

In what is known in theological circles as the antediluvian period (before the flood) men were guided not by the Mosaic Law or by the New Testament but only by their conscience. That particular dispensation failed miserably and it is actually what precipitated the flood. Man’s conscience failed then (Ge 6: 5) and it has not improved at all since. According to scripture that is why God had to reveal what sin and error actually were according to his laws. When that was known he provided grace; because no one could keep all the laws. At no time did God ever allow man to return to the age of conscience, it would have been self defeating.

Nothing has changed because God, unlike man, never goes backwards. Using only conscience to be our guide is as disastrous today as it was in the ancient world. It is what allows us to lump all religions together and pick and choose one or the other that seems to soothe our conscience. In the process we tend to pick the religions that crush personal responsibility the most. We choose systems where external actions, liturgies, symbolism and religious practice become a substitute for actually connecting to, and obeying, the living word of the Living God. The result is that the conscience actually comes into conflict with God’s revealed word and it is the word that is offended, disregarded and eventually abandoned.

The practice of abandoning God’s word is not only increased during the years just before Christ’s return, but entire religions will be popularized, promulgated and fully accepted without the slightest connection to God or his word. It is a period that lasts for only a few years, but leads the world into that dreaded last period of time the Bible often refers to as The Great Tribulation.

Hearing that President Obama is requiring that Catholics pay insurance premiums that will cover abortifacients is just a primer for what is to come. It is almost too early to predict what else Mr. Obama may decide to enact as part of Obamacare or some new executive order, but we can rest assured that both he and other world leaders will be flying against the revealed word much more in the days ahead.

Exactly what is the error that’s fueling these perversions and attacks? In fact, it has already been stated, but we must carry it, just a bit further. Ignoring God’s word does bring in apostasy, heresy and the very antichrist himself, but why don’t we see it coming, why don’t we head it off at the pass. The truth is simple, there is no one, or few at best, who are willing to make a dash to the pass and stand against the enemies of God.

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Catholic Church Rejects Surrender Terms from Obama

by Cliff Kincaid on Monday, January 30th, 2012

My Catholic priest, Father Larry Swink, delivered a homily on Sunday that I told him would make headlines. In the toughest sermon I have ever heard from a pulpit, he attacked the Obama Administration as evil, even demonic, and warned of religious persecution ahead. What was also newsworthy about the sermon was that he cited The Washington Post in agreement—not on the subject of the Obama Administration being evil, but on the matter of its abridgment of the constitutional right to freedom of religion.

What is happening is extraordinary and unprecedented. The Catholic Church is in open revolt against the Obama Administration, with Fr. Swink noting from the pulpit that priests across the archdiocese were joining the call on Sunday to rally Catholics to resistance against the U.S. Government. He said we are entering a time of religious persecution and that Catholics and others will have to make a final decision about which side they are on.

The issue is what the Catholic Bishops have called a “literally unconscionable” edict by the Obama Administration demanding that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans.

At a time when the media are full of reports about who is ahead and behind in the polls, and who will win the next Republican presidential primary, this incredible uprising in the Catholic Church is something that could not only overshadow the political campaign season, but also may have a major impact on the ultimate outcome—if Republicans know how to handle it. This matter goes beyond partisan politics to the growing perception of an unconstitutional Obama Administration assault on religious freedom. To hear the Catholic Bishops and Priests describe it, our constitutional republic and our freedoms hang in the balance.

The administration claims there is a religious exemption in the mandate, but the bishops say it is so narrow that it fails to cover the vast majority of faith-based organizations, including Catholic hospitals, universities and service organizations that help millions every year. “Ironically,” they say, “not even Jesus & his disciples would have qualified.”

The bishops go on, “Now that the Administration has refused to recognize the Constitutional conscience rights of organizations and individuals who oppose the mandate, the bishops are now urging Catholics and others of good will to fight this unprecedented attack on conscience rights and religious liberty.”

Interestingly, The Washington Post, as Father Swink indicated, agrees with the bishops. The paper said, “In this circumstance, requiring a religiously affiliated employer to spend its own money in a way that violates its religious principles does not make an adequate accommodation for those deeply held views. Having recognized the principle of a religious exemption, the administration should have expanded it.”

So why would the administration pick a major fight with the Catholic Church? There are two main reasons. (1) The administration wants to please its progressive and feminist, secular pro-abortion base. (2) The administration believes Catholics are divided on the issue and will ignore their leaders and follow Obama.

Support for the latter explanation comes in the form of the Obama Administration’s efforts to co-opt the Catholic Church, primarily through appointing nominal Catholics to high-level positions in government and keeping funding going to the church for “social justice” causes.

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A Sadly Secularized 9/11

by Austin Hill on Saturday, September 10th, 2011

This is article 5 of 43 in the topic Memorials

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York may think himself high-minded and practical. But he has acquiesced to some of the most unfortunate and destructive forces in our country.

As I write this, nobody has any idea, really, how the ten year anniversary of “9-11” will transpire. Hopefully the day will come, and go, without any civil unrest or – God forbid – terrorism.

Hopefully Americans will remember, and reflect. No doubt millions of us will pray, both within houses of worship and privately within our own minds.

But this we do know: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made it clear that clergy have been forbidden from participating in the city’s official 9-11 commemorative ceremony. The city that was ten years ago and is still today regarded as the epicenter of a huge American tragedy, will commemorate the event with a purely secular, irreligious ceremony, devoid of any official representations of any particular religious traditions.

From a historical standpoint, a secularized commemoration would seem to miss some of the essence of what happened on September 11, 2001 and in the days and weeks that followed. It is, after all, a matter of record that many houses of worship provided safe harbor to displaced victims of the tragedy, and that clergy men and women rushed to provide counsel and sustenance.

Bloomberg’s ban also seems to ignore the reality that the first certified fatality in the 9-11 disaster was, in fact, a clergyman. After learning of the attacks, Father Mychal Judge, a Catholic Priest and beloved Chaplain to the Fire Department of New York rushed to the scene to meet then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

At Mayor Giuliani’s request, Father Mychal began praying aloud for the city and the victims. At the moment that he was struck in the head with debris and killed, eyewitnesses noted that Father Mychal had cried out repeatedly “Jesus, please end this right now! God, please end this!”

But that was ten years ago. Today there’s a new Mayor in town, and he has taken a decidedly different approach. And Mayor Bloomberg’s clergy ban is unfortunate, for at least a few different reasons.

For one, Bloomberg’s ban exemplifies a flawed conceptualization of “tolerance,” and “diversity.” While his motivations have not been made clear, presumably Mayor Bloomberg’s ban is intended to protect certain religious groups that might not participate in the ceremony, from being “infringed upon” by those other religious groups that might otherwise be represented by clergy at the event. It is a logic that says “for the sake of diversity of religious traditions, we won’t acknowledge any religious traditions at all.”

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Why Christians Should Rejoice That UBL Is Dead and in Hell

by Doug Giles on Sunday, May 8th, 2011

There is a possibility this is a Photoshopped picture of OBL just before he hits the waves.

Let me go on the record stating that as a Christian I am completely cool with our Navy SEAL Team Six killing Usama. Or is it Osama? Does anyone know? I heard he liked it both ways. Anyway, the only thing that makes me sad about bin Laden’s death, as an orthodox Christian, is that a). It didn’t happen on Christmas or Easter, and b). The rude SEAL Team Six didn’t include me along to pull the trigger.

Apparently, the SEALs require those who go on their missions to be physically and psychologically fit to the nth degree and stuff-y’know, like being able to swim like Esther Williams during a hurricane with a wildebeest strapped to one’s back. When they told me that, I was like, “Whatever.” And the SEALs were like, “Pfff.” And thus they chose someone else to whack that wacky bastard. So, I guess I’ll have to settle for seconds and wait to play the forthcoming Xbox video game based on the Abbottabad raid entitled, SEAL Team Six: Who’s Yo’ Mama, Usama? But I digress.

So, why do I bring up my Christianity in conjunction with my satisfaction with Usama getting capped? Well, it’s principally because of the rank anti-biblical bollocks coming from pastors and priests who believe that Christians should not be happy that bin Laden has now been eaten by groupers at the bottom of the Indian Ocean (or wherever the heck they tossed his damnable corpse).

For instance, Bill O’Reilly had a Catholic priest, Father Beck, on his show this past week who not only said we should dial down on our biblical joy that this evil SOB was shot but that we should’ve “loved him,” “forgiven him,” and “not judged him” because “we don’t know what was in Usama’s wittle heart that caused him to kill tens of thousands of people worldwide.”

To hear this cat talk, it sounds like all UBL simply needed was some Xanax, a new coloring book and a little face time with Dr. Drew because his daddy didn’t love him enough or something.

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