A Canadian pastor accused of sexually assaulting one of his congregants and defrauding her has been arrested and charged.
Bishop Wayne M. Jones, 53, of United Spiritual Baptist Church in Scarborough, Ontario, was recently taken into police custody and charged with sexual assault and three counts of theft fraud over $5,000 after a woman accused him of wrongdoing during an exorcism.
The married pastor allegedly offered "spiritual guidance" sessions at his church and attacked the woman during one. more >>
Pope Francis has sent out a letter to the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church declaring that sex abusers have no place in the ecclesiastical body.
In the official letter sent out Monday the pontiff mentioned a July meeting he had with individuals who were sexually abused by Catholic priests. "At my meeting in July with persons who had suffered sexual abuse by priests, I was deeply moved by their witness to the depth of their sufferings and the strength of their faith," wrote Francis.
"This experience reaffirmed my conviction that everything possible must be done to rid the Church of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors and to open pathways of reconciliation and healing for those who were abused." more >>
After learning that their beloved pastor, his wife, and 5-year-old son were discovered murdered in their home Monday, a Houston community was sent reeling Wednesday when they heard that the pastor's 19-year-old son was charged with carrying out the brutal triple murders using a baseball bat, a hammer, a lamp and kitchen knife.
A click2Houston report said pastor Israel Ahimbisibwe, 51, vicar of Redeemer Episcopal Church in Houston, his wife, Dorcus, 47, and their 5-year-old son, Israel Ahimbisibwe Jr., were found dead in their apartment unit in the 800 block of Strey Lane, just south of Memorial City Mall by firefighters at about 9:30 a.m. Monday, after concerned church members raised an alarm when the family didn't show up for church on Sunday.
On Wednesday night, KHOU reported that the couple's 19-year-old son, Isaac Tiharihondi, was charged with two counts of capital murder and was being held in custody in Mississippi. Investigators theorize, according to court documents, that Tiharihondi killed his family at their apartment. He is alleged to have used a lamp, baseball bat and a hammer to kill his parents and stabbed his little brother with a kitchen knife. more >>
Two days before she was ordinated as the first female Episcopal bishop in Maryland and three months before she was involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident, Bishop Heather Cook was suspected of being drunk at a private party by head of the Maryland diocese, Eugene Taylor Sutton, and he warned the Episcopal church's national leader, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, about it.
A diocesan spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun that Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, took Cook to a Baltimore restaurant on Sept. 4 as a gesture of welcome in honor of her then pending ordination into the Episcopal church's high-ranking leadership club.
According to a September entry from a timeline of events document released by the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Tuesday, Sutton, who was present at the dinner, raised concern with Schori that Cook may have gotten a bit happy with the alcohol but nothing came of it. more >>
A community in Houston, Texas, was left in the throes of grief Monday after a beloved pastor, his wife, and 5-year-old son were discovered murdered in their home.
A click2Houston report said Israel Ahimbisibwe, vicar of Redeemer Episcopal Church in Houston, his wife, Dorcus, and their 5-year-old son, Israel Ahimbisibwe Jr., were found dead in their apartment unit in the 800 block of Strey Lane, just south of Memorial City Mall by firefighters at about 9:30 a.m. Monday.
Church members said they grew concerned after Ahimbisibwe and his wife failed to show up for church on Sunday and didn't return calls on Monday. more >>
In recent years, conservative politicians have found themselves prosecuted not for the types of crimes elected officials committed in the past like theft, bribery and nepotism, but instead for nebulous sounding activity, the kind where it is difficult to understand why exactly something was wrong. It has proven easy for Democrat prosecutors to convict each "ham sandwich" victim, because the laws have become so vast, vague and complex that the public – including those serving as jurors – cannot understand them.
On January 7, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, a conservative Republican once considered a leading contender for President, was sentenced by a judge to two years in federal prison. A jury found him guilty of 19 counts of honest services wire fraud, obtaining property under color of official right, and extortion under color of official right in September for accepting more than $177,000 in loans and gifts from Jonnie R. Williams, the head of a dietary supplements company, who was later invited to the governor's mansion and his cabinet. McDonnell's wife Maureen was convicted of similar charges and will be sentenced later this month. McDonnell repaid more than $120,000 to Williams in 2013, before he was indicted, but prosecutors didn't care.
Federal District Court Judge James R. Spencer could have sentenced McDonnell to community service, but instead threw the book at him. Tellingly, it came out in December that McDonnell had opposed the appointment of Spencer's wife 18 years ago to the Virginia State Supreme Court during a partisan battle in the state legislature. McDonnell nominated someone else instead, and Margaret Spencer never made it onto the State Supreme Court, instead becoming a Circuit Court judge in Richmond. Judge James Spencer was appointed to the bench by Reagan, but it is reported that he and his wife are both Democrats. At a minimum, Judge James Spencer should have recused himself from the case. McDonnell plans to appeal, and it is inconceivable the appellate court would not throw out the decision in part based on that glaring and offensive conflict of interest. more >>