Pastor cheats charity out of thousands

A Tampa Bay Times investigation found that Rev. Henry Lyons partnered with a convicted prostitute, who worked at one of the world’s wealthiest charities, to send money to secret bank accounts associated with Lyons’ church. Through records and interviews, the Times found that Lyons and Rochelle McCanns had been exchanging checks since the 1990s, right…

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Secretive evangelical church involved in violent crimes against children, prompting international investigation

The latest story in the ongoing Associated Press investigation of Word of Faith Fellowship has found that the secretive evangelical church has used positions of authority, deception, and intimidation to bring dozens of children into the sect and keep them from leaving. The investigation revealed that children were exposed to violent church practices aimed at…

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Children of priests step out of the shadows

Mary “Mimi” Bull didn’t learn that she was the child of a priest until she was 80 years old; she was lead to believe that the priest who would come and visit her family during her childhood was just a family friend. Many children of priests never learn the real identity of their biological father.…

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Preacher diverted money from Tampa church that offered him redemption

Loan defaults and foreclosure proceedings had the members of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in fear of losing their historic building on the edge of downtown Tampa. Elderly worshippers on fixed incomes were implored to donate more and more to save the church from potential calamity. Yet unbeknownst to New Salem leaders during this time,…

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CEO takes pay he once gave up

In 2009, questions raised by the Charlotte Observer prompted Franklin Graham to give up his pay as the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. But since 2011, the North Carolina evangelist has quietly been collecting a salary again, the Observer reported this week. That’s in addition to the hundreds of thousands Graham receives for his…

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Twin Cities Archdiocese transfer of assets may protect it from bankruptcy creditors

For decades, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been shifting money into separate nonprofits that may be beyond the reach of its creditors in bankruptcy court. The nonprofits were created for various reasons, but they carry the potential benefit of protecting the church’s assets from liability linked to clergy abuse suits. The moves…

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Hidden priests, secret pasts: Church silent about where it houses credibly accused clerics

“Cheplic, who has denied the allegations, is one of at least seven alleged sexual predators quietly placed in the Rutherford retirement home in the past decade, The Star-Ledger found. Some lived there a short time. Others have stayed for years. Neighbors said they were never informed of the men’s presence until told by a reporter.”

Archdiocese knew of priest’s sexual misbehavior, yet kept him in ministry

“A memo written in 2011 obtained by MPR News from police shows the former vicar general – the top deputy of the archdiocese – did not want parish employees to know about Wehmeyer’s past. ‘At every step of the way, this could have been prevented,’ Haselberger said. ‘This is just failure after failure after failure…

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Extra Extra Monday: Overdoses, background checks, housing markets, midwifery and fraudulent accounting

Use only as directed | ProPublica and This American Life “About 150 Americans a year die by accidentally taking too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. The toll does not have to be so high.” Read the stories from ProPublica. Company Behind Snowden Vetting Did Check on D.C. Shooter | Bloomberg “The U.S. government…

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Extra Extra Monday: False-negative HPV tests, sex-selective abortion and sharecroppers of the sea

The New Haven RegisterConnecticut superintendents get many perks in addition to salaries“Meal allowances, housing help, generous mileage reimbursements and bonuses of up to $30,000 a year are some perks Connecticut school superintendents get in addition to their annual salaries.”The Texas TribuneA Part-Time Legislature, but in Whose Interest?“Wth a conflict disclosure system rife with holes, virtually…

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