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Catholic Priest Arrested in Connecticuit for Embezzling $1.3 Million and Blowing it on Male Prostitutes

Joe. My. God.: CONNECTICUT: Catholic Priest Busted For Embezzling $1.3M For RENTBOYS
Police have arrested a well-known Roman Catholic priest in connection with the theft of $1.3 million from the Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon parish over a seven-year period. Rev. Kevin J. Gray, 64, was charged today with first-degree larceny. Police said he used church funds to pay for hotels, restaurant meals, clothing and male escorts. Gray turned himself in to authorities this morning and is scheduled to be arraigned in Waterbury Superior Court today. Gray was placed on medical leave by Hartford Archbishop Henry J. Mansell on April 15. The priest had told people in the community he was gravely ill. Gray was described as a popular priest in Waterbury, having served in the city for 26 years, first at St. Margaret's and St. Cecilia's churches before arriving at Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon. "We are deeply saddened by the events which have recently had such a profound effect on Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon parish," Rev. John P. Gatzak, director of communications for the Hartford Archdiocese, said in a statement today.

July 03, 2010

iPhone4! Where is the iPhone4?! I need an iPhone4!!

YouTube - iPhone4 vs HTC Evo

June 28, 2010

Supreme Court rules Vatican has no immunity to child rape prosecutions

Supreme Court rejects Vatican appeal in sex abuse case | Reuters Ladies and Gentlemen, this means that Americans can now legally depose the Pope in court. He is on the record as having dealt with the rapist priests, so he is a material witness.
The nation's highest court, asked to rule on a U.S. appeals court decision that cleared the way for the lawsuit to proceed, rejected the Vatican's immunity appeal without comment. The lawsuit, filed by a plaintiff identified only as John Doe, claimed he was sexually abused on several occasions in the mid-1960s when he was 15 or 16 by a Roman Catholic priest named Father Andrew Ronan. According to court documents, Ronan molested boys in the mid-1950s as a priest in Ireland and then in Chicago before his transfer to a church in Portland, Oregon, where he allegedly abused the victim who filed the lawsuit. Ronan died in 1992. The Vatican claimed immunity under a U.S. law, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976, that allows foreign states to avoid being sued in court. But the law contains exceptions. The appeals court cited one of those, ruling the lawsuit has sufficiently alleged that Ronan was an employee of the Vatican acting within the scope of his employment under Oregon law. Pope Benedict met victims of abuse by priests during his April 2008 visit to the United States. The U.S. church has paid $2 billion in settlements to victims since 1992.

June 25, 2010

Woman sues church to get donations returned after church performs gay wedding

(Joe. My. God.)

June 24, 2010

America's Best Christian: Less is Mormon

June 23, 2010

Mark Mothersbaugh's post-industrial hymn: No Place Like Home

I'm finally going to see DEVO on July 6 here in Ann Arbor. I am especially happy to be going now that I bought and downloaded "Something for Everybody," their first album in 20 years. It's kind of like the rest of us caught up with these guys, as they learned how to talk to us in this moment. Among the beats and synths this is a religious album. Its about a belief in humanity, its sacred integrity, and how we are devolving into a race that has failed to respect this. This song is Mark Mothersbaugh's post-industrial hymn, more appropriate than ever since we've gone and filled up the Gulf of Mexico with hydrocarbons. If we should all just disappear / The skies and waters will clear in a world without us... We push against the rest of life / As if we could survive without the world around us. YouTube - DEVO "No Place Like Home"

June 15, 2010

Ohio's Touchdown Jesus statue hit by lightning, burns to the ground

Did someone in Ohio ask for a sign? King of Kings statue destroyed by fire
MONROE, Ohio - The famous King of Kings statue at the Solid Rock Church in Monroe has been destroyed by a fire. The 62-foot tall statue of Jesus constructed out of styrofoam, wood and fiberglass resin caught on fire after the right hand of the statue was struck by lightning during the severe thunderstorms around 11:15 p.m. Monday evening. The only thing left of the 16,000 pound statue is the metal frame. Monroe Fire Chief Mark Neu said the statue was fully involved in fire when crews arrived. Crews were able to use water from the pond in front of the statue, however, the fire burned very quickly, according to police. The statue was grounded, but for some reason it did not absorb the lightning strike. . . .