Category Archives: Church Abuse

After record lawsuit settlement in the US, church sexual abuse scandals are emerging from Europe? Any hopes?

Question by Aniruddha K: After record lawsuit settlement in the US, church sexual abuse scandals are emerging from Europe? Any hopes?
The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph this week agreed to pay an Independence man $ 225,000, its biggest settlement ever in a case of alleged priest sexual abuse.

The Diocese of San Diego and the Diocese of San Bernardino, which broke off from its southern neighbor in 1978, agreed Sept. 7 to pay $ 198.1 million to settle lawsuits with 144 victims of sexual abuse by priests between 1938 and 1993.

In July 2007 Los Angeles archdiocese agrees to pay $ 660 million to 508 victims in what is by far the largest Catholic settlement of its kind

During the pope’s trip to Austria when it was still reeling from a sex abuse scandal that caused the resignations of Vienna’s archbishop in 1995 and the closure of a seminary near Vienna in 2004, after some 40,000 pornographic photographs were discovered on computers there.

Are these the values we aim to give our children and what sort of citizens can we expect them to be? Do we have to succumb to this organised ring of abuse?

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Answer by FRAGINAL-NOYPI
The grant of compensation for sexual lawsuits against priests will open floodgates of many cases against priests even when not supported with evidence but only to harass the Church to pay to eliminate bad publicity.

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Integrated Pre-Civil War Church in Mississippi

Integrated Pre-Civil War Church in Mississippi
Church abuse
Image by J. Stephen Conn
On the south side of Rt. 370, across the highway from Brice’s Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, is the Bethany Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. During the battle of Brice’s Cross Roads, Bethany Church was across the street from its present location. The church served as a field hospital following the June 10, 1864, battle.

The Bethany A.R.P. Church Cemetery, in use for more than 150 years, is also the burial site for 96 Confederates that fought and died as a result of the battle. Union dead from the battle have been re-interred to the National Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

A historic marker at the church states that it was organized in 1852 with 25 charter members, including 4 African-Americans. The fact is, integrated churches were not unusual in the antebellum South. Even with the deplorable institution of slavery, the pre-Civil War South was more racially integrated than much of the North, which had very restrictive anti-black laws.

After his visit to America in the 1850s, Alex De Tocqueville, the French historian observed that "Race prejudice seems stronger in those states that have abolished slavery than in those where it still exists, and nowhere is it more intolerant than in those states where slavery was never known."

Had there been on War, slavery would have soon ended peacefully in the South, just as it did in the North, and many more Southern churches and other institutions would have remained integrated.

Northern atrocities of the War Between the States, followed by 12 years of Federal occupation and abuse during the disgraceful period called "Reconstruction," exacerbated a racial divide that would not be overcome in America for 100 years.

Protest against the Church of Scientology

Protest against the Church of Scientology
Church abuse
Image by Fibonacci Blue
Anonymous protest against the Church of Scientology

May 8, 2010

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Internet based Anonymous people protested outside the Minneapolis Church of Scientology against the abuses reported by ex-members including: dividing families, harassing critics, litigious harassment of ex-members. Scientology has a history of attacking or taking legal action against critics, so protesters typically wear masks for anonymity.

Fibonacci Blue 2010-05-08

Protest against the Church of Scientology

Protest against the Church of Scientology
Church abuse
Image by Fibonacci Blue
Anonymous protest against the Church of Scientology

May 8, 2010

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Internet based Anonymous people protested outside the Minneapolis Church of Scientology against the abuses reported by ex-members including: dividing families, harassing critics, litigious harassment of ex-members. Scientology has a history of attacking or taking legal action against critics, so protesters typically wear masks for anonymity.

Fibonacci Blue 2010-05-08

FRONTLINE |”The Silence” Excerpt | PBS

www.pbs.org “The police were not called. Even when there was an eyewitness to the abuse,” attorney Ken Roosa tells FRONTLINE in “The Silence,” airing April 19. FRONTLINE investigates the sex abuse of Native Americans by priests and other church workers in Alaska. “The Silence” is the first of two FRONTLINE magazine segments airing Apr 19. FRONTLINE examines a little-known chapter of the Catholic Church sex abuse story — decades of abuse of Native Americans by priests and other church workers in Alaska. Through candid interviews with survivors, this FRONTLINE report focuses on the abuse by a number of men who worked for the Church along Alaska’s far west coast in the late 1960s and early 1970s. All told, they would leave behind a trail of hundreds of claims of abuse, making this one of the hardest hit regions in the country. As part of FRONTLINE’s new magazine program, The Silence airs as the lead segment on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 9 PM ET on PBS. Watch on air and online beginning Tuesday, April 19 at 9 pm ET on PBS (check local listings) www.pbs.org
Video Rating: 4 / 5

The Quiet Reformation: Christians Leaving the Institutional Church

To the Shepherds, and the Scattered Sheep of Israel www.biblegateway.com With so many Christians fleeing from apostasy in today’s American church, where do you point the multitudes to? How can we counsel these ones who have been hurt and burned by a false church? How can we as Christians whether we belong to the Institutional Church or not, show them love and compassion? This video will cover those questions as best I can and much more, how Christians are leaving IC’s and going into aberrant teachings and cultic groups who are leading them farther away from Christ and godliness. Check out my blog where I cover these topics and more: setfreefromtheic.wordpress.com
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Healing Spiritual Abuse: How to Break Free from Bad Church Experience

Healing Spiritual Abuse: How to Break Free from Bad Church Experience

Are you a victim of Spiritual Abuse?

  • Are you discouraged from questioning the decisions or teachings church leaders make?
  • If you do little or no volunteer work for the church, do you feel like a second-class Christian?
  • Does your pastor insist on being addressed by a title such as “Dr.” or “Pastor”?
  • Do you hear many broad, vague appeals to “surrender fully,” “yield completely” or “lay it all on the altar”?
  • Are public reports about various ministry activities sometimes exaggerated?
  • Do church members feel safe talking only about past victories, not present struggles?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a victim of spiritual abuse.

Many of us have gone through bad church experiences that have left us feeling like failures. Blaming ourselves, we asked for God’s forgiveness, but felt distant from the church and sometimes from God too.

Often, however, the fault is not ours but that of Christian leaders who abuse spiritually. How can we recognize the signs of spiritual abuse? What can we do to gain healing from the wounds we have experienced?

With clarity and refreshing honesty, Ken Blue answers these questions and offers hope and healing to the victims of spiritual abuse. In addition he shows Christian leaders how to avoid abusive patterns and instead offer Christ’s gospel of grace to every casualty of bad church experiences.Are you a victim of Spiritual Abuse?

  • Are you discouraged from questioning the decisions or teachings church leaders make?
  • If you do little or no volunteer work for the church, do you feel like a second-class Christian?
  • Does your pastor insist on being addressed by a title such as “Dr.” or “Pastor”?
  • Do you hear many broad, vague appeals to “surrender fully,” “yield completely” or “lay it all on the altar”?
  • Are public reports about various ministry activities sometimes exaggerated?
  • Do church members feel safe talking only about past victories, not present struggles?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a victim of spiritual abuse.

Many of us have gone through bad church experiences that have left us feeling like failures. Blaming ourselves, we asked for God’s forgiveness, but felt distant from the church and sometimes from God too.

Often, however, the fault is not ours but that of Christian leaders who abuse spiritually. How can we recognize the signs of spiritual abuse? What can we do to gain healing from the wounds we have experienced?

With clarity and refreshing honesty, Ken Blue answers these questions and offers hope and healing to the victims of spiritual abuse. In addition he shows Christian leaders how to avoid abusive patterns and instead offer Christ’s gospel of grace to every casualty of bad church experiences.

List Price: $ 12.00

Price: $ 12.00

Red Ice radio – 31.8.2011 – The Crimes Against Humanity by Church and State

Kevin Annett – The Crimes Against Humanity by Church and State August 31, 2011 Kevin D. Annett is a Canadian writer and former minister of the United Church of Canada. Annett graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Political Science. Annett has written two books on the subject of residential school abuse in Canada. In 2006 Kevin produced a documentary on this topic called “Unrepentant”. Additionally, he created and hosted “Hidden from History”, a public affairs and human rights program on Vancouver Cooperative Radio from 2001 until the station shut him down in 2010. Kevin returns to the program for an update on the world-wide system of abuse by church and state upon children and adults. We discuss the tribunal he is involved in and his recent trip to England and consequent arrest. Then, Kevin talks about the cannon law of the Roman Catholic Church, which is as the heart of child trafficking, abuse and genocide of indigenous people around the world. Topics Discussed: priests, public servants, Scotland’s Holly Greig case, Protestant, Anglican, Lutheran, Baptist, the Roman Catholic system, papal bulls, Queen of England, child abuse, tribunal, Vatican, Jesuits, Knights of Malta, money, property and wealth of the church, child trafficking, Roman Catholic church as a political organization.
Video Rating: 5 / 5