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By Stoyan Zaimov

“Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois reportedly paid $3.5 million in lawsuits over the sex abuse of two developmentally disabled boys.

The evangelical megachurch, which recently saw its entire elders board resign over unrelated accusations that former lead pastor Bill Hybels sexually abused women, made the payments in the lawsuits over several years, court records obtained by The Chicago Tribune show.

One payment of $1.75 million was apparently made into n February, while another one of $1.5 million was made last year.

Former Willow Creek volunteer Robert Sobczak Jr., now 24, pled guilty in 2014 of abusing an 8-year-old with special needs at the church, alongside an older boy not connected with the church. A year earlier, he admitted to sexually abusing another disabled boy at the church, believed to have been 9 years old.

Willow Creek said that the experience was “heartbreaking,” and insisted that it has made changes….”

For the whole article, click here.

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Because several people misunderstood my reason for posting this thinking I was pointing fingers, I will explain why I posted it.

Catholics need to realize that this is not a Catholic-only issue. It is a human issue and actually worse in Protestant churches, among the rabbis and even worse in public schools.

I come from the Protestant world. I have every right to comment on it because I experienced it. I have a close relative who at 12 years old was sodomized by a married Baptist deacon. I could multiply the stories…

I am not in anyway pointing fingers but reporting the news and helping people understand the bigger picture. I don’t want Catholics to leave the Catholic Church to join a Protestant group thinking they’re going to solve the problem by doing that or that the problem is due to a celibate priesthood.

So if you don’t like my article, don’t read it. But for those who think it’s a Catholic-only problem, it may help them understand the bigger picture. I have lived in both worlds and I love being a Catholic.

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About Witholding Funds from the Church

by Steve Ray on August 16, 2018

There has been a lot of discussion about withholding funds from the Church as a way of speaking out against bishops who have not done their job and been bad shepherds, protecting bad shepherds. I have suggested it is something we should think about especially if we know of abusers or those who facilitate abusers.

The Catholic faithful are very frustrated because they have little or no control over the hierarchy. And when many in the hierarchy have done (and are doing) such a terrible job of managing the flock and protecting it I understand, like Ed Peters commented, that we want to find some way to act and to put an end to the nonsense. The question keeps arising, “What can we do?”

I personally will not withhold finances or support from my parish nor my bishop (and archbishop) because the priests I know locally I believe to be exceptional and my bishop as well. But if I had good reason to believe otherwise or if my bishop was Wuerl…

Canon Lawyer Ed Peters has written an excellent article discussing this topic, especially from a Canon Law perspective. I suggest you read it here.

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8C79A33A-7C19-4238-A4F5-0C53D2DF2E40Cardinal John Henry Newman converted to the Catholic faith. He has a unique and beautiful understanding of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. You can read it here.

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Two Questions from an Unhappy Listener

August 15, 2018

After a recent radio show a man wrote to challenge me. The e-mail contained two questions — thquestioner’srs words are in blue. I have removed his name out of respect for his privacy. Dear friend, you wrote:   >> I found it rather interesting you had all those questions for Bible Christians. I am a Protestant convert that had been […]

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Ninja Priest

August 15, 2018

It’s great to have marvelous (ninja) priests. For another, the Papal Ninja, click here.

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Assumption Of the Blessed Virgin – August 15

August 14, 2018

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary and August 22 is the Queenship of Mary. The other day a man called to say my argument for the Assumption of Mary from the Old Testament was wrong. I had quoted 1 Kings 2:19 where Solomon had raised his mother to Queen of the Kingdom […]

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Ireland Day 9 Farewells

August 14, 2018

Janet and I were overwhelmed with hugs and prayers and thanks for this beautiful pilgrimage through Ireland. It ran perfectly smoothly without any glitches and we covered all the territory we intended to following the Catholic Heritage of the Emerald Isles. Today the group all left on various buses and half of them on their […]

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Ireland Day 8: St.Patrick’s Cathedral, Garden of Remembrance, Pro-Cathedral, Dublin Doors and more

August 13, 2018

This was our last day in Ireland and we spent a wonderful time in Dublin. We visited the big churches, the Garden of Remembrance and gave everybody a lot of free time. Mass at St. Teresa’s Carmelite Church. Fr. James Conlon’s final pilgrimage homily here.  A great Mass in a group picture and lots of […]

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Who Speaks for God on Morals? Many Choose their Church Like they Choose a Restaurant

August 13, 2018

We have a “church” near our house that is making it comfortable for anyone to join no matter who they are, what they believe or what they practice. They say it is our job to accept and love, to be nice, not to judge. “Celebrate Diversity!” Celebrate Diversity is a slogan of acceptance, multiculturalism, non-judgmental […]

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Ireland Say 7: Dublin Tour, Trinity Collge, Book of Kells, Mass in JH Newman’s Church, Merry Ploughbiys

August 12, 2018

We had pretty good weather today and it was enjoyed by everyone. After a delicious breakfast we took a driving tour of Dublin. We hit all the main sites and some of them that are not main sites but very interesting and instructive. The “Famine Monument“ was very sad and gave a good depiction of […]

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A Tribute to My Father who Died Six Years Ago Today

August 12, 2018

My father died six years ago today. I am who I am today because he was the most excellent of fathers. He not only taught me to be a godly man, but helped me understand God as a loving and forgiving Father. I wrote this as a tribute to him then and thought it appropriate […]

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The Eucharist and the Fathers of the Church: Article by Steve Ray

August 12, 2018

The Eucharist and the Fathers of the Church, by Steve Ray The word “Eucharist” was used early in the Church to describe the Body and Blood of Christ under the forms of bread and wine. Eucharist comes from the Greek word for “thanks” (eucharistia), describing Christ’s actions: “And when he had given thanks, he broke […]

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Bishops, Homosexual Sins and the Law (Church and Civil)

August 12, 2018

For those who want to follow the legal aspect of the homosexual and paedophilia situation with (clergy, especially the case against bishops that are coming out), I would suggest you keep up with Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer at https://canonlawblog.wordpress.com/ Here is his latest – a critique of Msgr. Guarino’s comments, Msgr. Guarino’s response, and […]

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Ireland Day 6: Kilkenny, Glendalough, St. Kevin’s into Dublin

August 11, 2018

Rainy Irish day which gave us all a sense of what Ireland is often like. Everyone is doing well and having a great time. Today we left Clonmel and drove to Kilkenny to see this fabulous castle and medieval town. From there to Glendalough where we saw a movie about the monastic site, had a […]

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Cardinal Sarah: “How Catholics Can Welcome LGBT Believers”

August 11, 2018

It’s possible to stay faithful to the church’s teachings without turning away millions. By Cardinal Robert Sarah, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 31, 2017 7:10 p.m. ET, 353 COMMENTS Though written a year ago, it applies more now than then… The Catholic Church has been criticized by many, including some of its own followers, for its pastoral response to […]

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Ireland Day 5: Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, Holycross, Clonmel, Batt’s Storytelling

August 10, 2018

Kissing the Blarney Stone, St. Patrick and Rock of Cashel, Mass at the 1100 AD Holycross Abbey (Deacon Floyd’s homily here). Delightful evening with storyteller Batt Burns! An 8-minute sampling of Batt Burns and his Irish storytelling here. OUR DAY’S ADVENTURES STEVE’S 5-MINUTE TALK  ON ST. PATRICK WHILE AT THE ROCK OF CASHEL

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