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Parents protest vulgar anti-LGBTQ priest appointed to teach pre-teens at Catholic school
Rev. Erik Richtsteig is supposed to become a new youth pastor working with kids ages four to 15 in Salt Lake City’s Catholic schools. But more than 150 parents have signed a petition opposing his appointment after discovering his anti-LGBTQ and misogynist social media posts.
According to New York Daily News:
“In a post on Facebook, the paper noted, the priest said that images shared by LGBTQ individuals in June (Pride month) looked ‘like a gnome vomited.’
He also would not accept any friend requests from people who had a rainbow filter over their picture.”
He has reportedly also followed Facebook pages with titles like, “Male feminists are p*ssies,” “Right wing extremist” and “Obama has to go.”
College kicks out trans student for having top surgery
Las Vegas Man Arrested for Plotting Bombing of LGBTQ+ Bar
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Anti-LGBTQ+ Violence in Latin America Reaches 'Alarming' Level
This ‘Straight Pride’ organiser blames her gay son for their bad relationship
Authorities Search For Pa. Teen Who Allegedly Sexually Abused, Tried to Smother 5-Year-Old Girl
Police in Pennsylvania believe a 16-year-old boy who is wanted for the sexual assault and attempted murder of a 5-year-old girl may be in Maryland.
The search for Octavian Perez continued Thursday — days after police first obtained a warrant for the boy’s arrest.
According to that warrant, provided to PEOPLE, Perez allegedly sexually assaulted the child at a residence inside a Gettsyburg home, demanding the little girl manipulate his penis.
Yet Another USC Doctor Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault
Parishioners Shocked After Abuse Allegations Against Father George Clements
More than 220 former altar boys, students and Boy Scouts launch sex abuse lawsuit against 35 Catholic leaders in Guam's archdiocese
More than 220 former altar boys, students and Boy Scouts are suing the Catholic clergy in Guam in a shocking sex abuse scandal that has spanned generations and involved the island's archbishop.
The Catholic clergy in U.S. has been shrouded in a sex abuse scandal over the past decade and now it has left its mark on the American island territory of Guam.
Many of the allegations were against former Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Guam Anthony Sablan Apuron, 73, who has overseen the church since 1986 before he was removed in light of the accusations in 2018.
He was convicted in a secret Vatican trial and suspended in 2016 and in 2018 he was found guilty of sexual abusing minors and finally removed from his post.
Nearly 800 accuse Boy Scouts of failing to protect them from sex abuse as new lawsuit is filed
A lawsuit filed late Monday against the Boy Scouts of America says hundreds of former Scouts have come forward in recent months with accounts of sexual abuse, allegations from across eight decades that reach nearly every state.
Lawyers began collecting the accounts this spring as they prepared a suit, which they filed on behalf of a client who alleges his former scoutmaster plied him with drugs and alcohol before repeatedly sexually abusing him.
At a news conference Tuesday morning, the lawyers said they have nearly 800 other clients who were abused while Scouts. The suit says at least 350 abusers do not appear in the Boy Scouts’ disciplinary files, citing that as evidence that the organization has not adequately vetted its volunteers and hidden the extent of the sexual abuse scandal.
Institutional failings on display
FBI Busts 67 Sex Traffickers, Recovers 103 Child Victims
More than 100 models are calling out Victoria’s Secret over sexual harassment and abuse
Trial for priests accused of abusing deaf Argentine students
Ezequiel Villalonga signs frantically with his hands to express the power he feels after years of suffering now that the priests whom he and other former students at an Argentine institute for the deaf accuse of abuse are finally going to trial.
Villalonga, 18, is one of about 20 ex-students of the Antonio Próvolo Institute for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children in Mendoza province who say they were sexually abused, including cases of rape, between 2004 and 2016. Their alleged abusers go on trial starting Monday in a case that Pope Francis, an Argentine, has not commented on publicly despite its closeness to his papacy.
Priest steals over $95,000 from church collections
A priest stole more than $95,000 from collection plates from the church he served in Santa Rosa, California, according to the diocese in northern California.
It was discovered after a car crash involving 56-year-old Father Oscar Diaz, who broke his hip in the traffic accident, when paramedics found over $18,000 cash in the Roman Catholic priest's car.
A hospital employee called the police, according to the Bishop of Santa Rosa, Rt Rev Robert Vasa.
Bags full of cash from months' worth of church collections were found in his parish office and $10,000 in notes in a desk drawer.
Tours canceled of Catholic priest who linked autism to homosexuality
A Catholic priest who linked autism to homosexuality has canceled his upcoming Australian tour. Church authorities canceled his tours in Ireland and Canada also canceled his tours.
Father Dominic Valanmanal from India was scheduled to appear at a five-day retreat in the southern city of Melbourne.
Syro Malabar Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle in Melbourne had planned to host the retreat. It announced the cancellation but did not give a reason for it.
Gay Star News
Pastor said he was 'sucking demons' out of men he sexually assaulted
EXCLUSIVE: HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE PRESSURING AMAZON TO SELL BOOKS ON GAY CONVERSION THERAPY
Christian dressmaker refuses service to lesbian couple, but offers to convert them instead
A man viciously beat a lesbian couple while calling one of women ‘a dude’
First they burn the books. Then they kill people. History has shown us this repeatedly.
Magazine to give out 'LGBT-free zone' stickers to readers
Bill to make priests report abuse put on hold in California
A bill that would require California religious leaders to report their co-workers' confessions of child abuse or neglect has been put on hold amid opposition from the Catholic church.
California law already requires clergy to report knowledge of child abuse and neglect. But they can keep it a secret if they learned about it during a confession.
State Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo, wrote a bill this year to change that, but only if the confession was from another religious leader or someone who works at the church. It passed the Senate by a vote of 30-4 in May.
On Tuesday, Hill announced he was putting the bill on hold because it did not have enough support to pass the state Assembly. But Hill said the issue remains important to him, and he vowed to continue his efforts to pass it.
Alleged rape in Germany sparks debate on lowering age of child criminality
Man tried to rape woman who was taking out trash in Brooklyn
28 Women Reportedly Sent to Mar-a-Lago in 1992 for VIP Party of Two—Trump and Jeffrey Epstein
Pet Dogs Save Owner From Sexual Assault, Attack Man During Walk
New Jersey judge who told alleged rape victim to 'close your legs' is 'remorseful,' lawyer says
Gay-Supportive Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Suspended
An LGBTQ-supportive Roman Catholic priest in New York City has been suspended from his ministry due to an allegation of sexual misconduct.
The Rev. John Duffell “has been directed not to publicly exercise his priestly ministry due to an allegation from the past that he abused his position of authority in a violation of his promise of celibacy,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, wrote in a July 1 letter to Duffell’s parishioners at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, the Catholic News Agency reports.
Court sides with student expelled from university over homophobia
Christian school teacher who scolded girls to be modest was molesting male students
Archdiocese removes prominent Detroit priest from pulpit
Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese places deacon on leave over allegation
WICCAN PROFESSOR AT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY TOLD SHE "MIGHT NOT WANT TO BE SO OVERT ABOUT BEING A WITCH"
A college professor in western New York is suing the Catholic university she woks for, claiming the school discriminated against her because she is a Wiccan.
In a suit filed last month, Pauline Hoffman, a journalism professor at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York, claims administrators at the 161-year-old Franciscan college pressured her to resign as dean of the communications school because they had a problem with her religion. Hoffman, 49, also alleged St. Bonaventure denied her a promotion to provost, the college's highest academic post.
She's seeking the reinstatement of her job, as well as lost wages, reimbursement of medical costs for therapy, and an unspecified amount in damages for pain and suffering.
Birmingham Archdiocese let children be abused and harboured paedophile priests 'to protect its own reputation'
Focus on Africa: Sex abuse scandal rocks Liberia's Catholic Church
Woman Claims Evangelical Seminary Leader Shamed Her When She Reported Campus Rape
School defies Archdiocese of Indianapolis, refuses to fire teacher in same-sex marriage
When a Binding Contract With God Means Staying Silent on Sexual Abuse
God had a busy Tuesday this week.
In Alabama, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the country, gathered for their annual meeting, with sex abuse squarely atop the agenda. Meanwhile, 900 miles to the north, in Baltimore, US Catholic bishops met to discuss next steps in addressing the same problem, which has become a festering institutional crisis across the globe. But whereas sexual violence in the Catholic Church has been on the national radar for decades, similar crimes in the evangelical community didn't hit the mainstream until the past year or two, exploding in February with a six-part investigative series by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News that documented 400 Southern Baptist leaders and volunteers accused of misconduct. Following the articles' release, the Southern Baptist Convention put out the "Caring Well" report, an acknowledgement of past lapses that offered some guidance on how to deal with abuse allegations. It was presented at the Tuesday meeting as well, where congregants voted on amendments aimed at curbing sexual abuse and racism.
The Southern Baptists met again Wednesday, praying at length after being inundated with horrific stories of criminal sexual abuse. But among the items some members of the faith hoped they might address was something you wouldn't expect to find in either Testament: the use of binding arbitration to settle disagreements between churches and their parishioners.
Tennessee Cop Turned Pastor Urges Execution of Gays
Holy Cross order releases list of accused abusive priests
Straight Oklahoma Ally Creates Anti-Bigot Pride Truck, Ends Homophobia
A straight man in Oklahoma became a viral queer ally after decorating his truck in honor of Pride month. Cody Barlow used colored duct tape to create a rainbow flag on the back of his truck, writing on Facebook that he’d “found a way to show my support for pride month” with the flag and using mailbox letters to write a message: “Not all country boys are bigots. Happy Pride month.”
“This is important to me, not only because I have family and friends that are LGBTQ+, but also because countless people have dealt with hatred and judgement simply for who they are, and/or who they love, for far too long,” wrote Barlow. “Obviously doing this isn’t going to change the minds of those who are intolerant, but hopefully it can help drown out the hatred with love.”
Vandals Target Gay High School Student’s Home with ‘Kill Yourself’ Graffiti, Forks, and Suicide Hotline ‘For-Sale’ Sign:
1 in 3 LGBTQ+ Youth ‘Seriously Considered’ Suicide in the Past Year
White supremacist appears to urinate on an Israeli flag as nationalist group interrupts LGBT celebration in Detroit by tearing apart Pride flags and giving Nazi salutes
Gay man, 28, robbed, shot, and murdered in Atlanta, Georgia
HALSEY GIVES EMPOWERING SPEECH IN LONDON AFTER HOMOPHOBIC BUS ATTACK
Activists Call for Resignation of Mayor Who Posted About Killing Gays
Theater cancels shows after actors targeted in homophobic assault
Mom who won marriage equality now in a fight against 'religious freedom'
Texas school district donates cash from antigay church to local Pride festival
Vatican Rejects Notion That Gender Identity Can Be Fluid
The Vatican on Monday flatly rejected what it cast as the notion that individuals can choose their gender, releasing its first extensive document on the issue as Western countries are increasingly wrestling with the social and legal implications of more fluid definitions of identity.
The document, issued by the Vatican department overseeing Catholic education, echoed past statements by Pope Francis. It argued that acceptance of flexible ideas of gender posed a threat to traditional families and ignored the natural differences between men and women.
It lamented “calls for public recognition of the right to choose one’s gender, and of a plurality of new types of unions, in direct contradiction of the model of marriage as being between one man and one woman, which is portrayed as a vestige of patriarchal societies.”
Child sex abuse victims tell of being 'fobbed off with a cup of tea and biscuits' after complaining of assaults and mistreatment at religious institutions
Survivors of child sex abuse in religious institutions have revealed 'shame and guilt' prevented them from reporting their horrific ordeals.
A new report found those abused in such institutions were also less likely to come forward than survivors of abuse in other settings.
The Truth Project spoke to 183 people abused via religion as children as part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and more than half said they felt 'embarrassment and guilt' over what happened to them.
Many also called for an end to the 'secrecy' around these institutions with one victim claiming they were 'fobbed off with tea and biscuits' after coming forward about the abuse.
An Unhealthy Obsession with Avoiding Sin
Nowadays, having scruples means making good, moral choices. But as historian Joanna Bourke writes, in the first half of the twentieth century, scruples represented an unhealthy obsession with avoiding sin. Examples of scruples can be found among Protestants, Jews, and Muslims, but Bourke writes that in the U.S. and Britain, the phenomenon was most common among Roman Catholics.
Bourke writes that scrupulous people might worry that they had profaned rosary beads by touching them with dirty hands. Some feared that breathing represented stealing air that didn’t belong to them.
Mahoney spent days before each confession cataloging her sins, and then shook uncontrollably in the confessional box.
Surveys of Catholic students in the 1940s and ‘50s found that a quarter of those in high school, and one in seven in college, were scrupulous. One woman named Priscilla O’Brien Mahoney described her own scruples, which began when she was a child in the 1920s. During her First Communion, she was gripped by terror that she might fail to confess a sin:
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Most gay Americans believe in God, but are far less likely to go to church