Judge rejects effort by WA AG’s office to get records from Catholic church
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by Elizabeth Stewart
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A Washington state judge said Friday that Attorney General Bob Ferguson is not entitled to enforce a subpoena seeking decades of records from the Seattle Archdiocese, despite his assertion that the records are needed to learn whether the Catholic church used charitable trust funds to cover up sexual abuse by priests. Judge Michael Scott sided with the archdiocese, which argued that under the state’s law governing charitable trusts, Ferguson did not have authority to enforce the subpoena. The law contains an exemption designed to ensure the state does not meddle in religious prac ..read more
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Sex abuse survivors rally to keep disgraced Kanakuk counselor behind bars
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by Laura Breault
3h ago
The man convicted and sentenced to life in prison for molesting children over a series of years at Kanakuk will have a parole hearing in September. Pete Newman was convicted of seven felony counts related to sexually abusing boys while he was a counselor at Kanakuk. He was sentenced in 2010 to two life terms plus 30 years, served concurrently, and is currently in the Jefferson City Correctional Center. Under Missouri Law, the way Newman’s sentences were structured allows him to seek parole after serving 1⁄3 of his total sentence. Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, the sister of one of Newman’s victi ..read more
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Longtime Pastor at Chuck Swindoll’s Dallas-Area Megachurch Fired for ‘Moral Failure’
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by Laura Breault
17h ago
A longtime pastor of a Dallas-area megachurch founded by radio preacher Chuck Swindoll has been fired for an unspecified “moral failure,” according to an email sent to church members. On Tuesday, leaders of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, told members via email that Associate Pastor Tony Cammarota had been fired after “confess(ing) to church leadership of a moral failure” on Sunday, July 7.  “After much prayer seeking God’s direction, discussions as leaders, and then talking to Tony, we have terminated his employment effective immediately,” stated the email from St ..read more
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Gateway Settled Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Harassment, Hostility At Church Robert Morris Founded
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by Laura Breault
1d ago
Less than a week after an Oklahoma woman accused Gateway Church founder Robert Morris of abusing her when she was a child, the church settled a sexual harassment claim against a former Gateway pastor. Rachel Childress filed a civil lawsuit in 2023 alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment while employed at Gateway. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount on June 21, according to court records. Telephone calls to Childress’ attorney, Debra Edmondson, were not returned. Childress’ lawsuit comes on the heels of another lawsuit reported by The R ..read more
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Matt Chandler’s Church Hired His Father, an Admitted Child Sex Abuser, Former Elder Says
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by Laura Breault
1d ago
Matt Chandler’s Dallas-area megachurch employed his father for five years as a custodian, despite his father’s admission he had committed a child sex crime, a former elder at The Village Church Denton said. Matt Chandler’s father, Steve Chandler, worked at the Denton, Texas, campus of The Village Church from 2007 to 2012. In 2015, the Denton campus became an autonomous church, The Village Church Denton. In a statement read during a members meeting July 14, 2019, The Village Church Denton stated that Steve Chandler had committed a child sex crime 40 years prior. The statemen ..read more
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Saipan bishop appointed archbishop in Guam amid clergy abuse scandal
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by Laura Breault
1d ago
Guam’s Archdiocese of Agana’s new leader, Bishop Ryan Jimenez, prepares to take on the role of archbishop as the institution has been dealing with sexual abuse allegations involving clergy members. Bishop Jimenez, 52, who spent nearly 20 years in Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, was appointed by the Vatican to become the Archbishop of Agana. He will officially begin his new role on 15 August, filling the vacancy left by former Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes, who resigned in March 2023 due to a serious illness. The announcement was made on 6 July. “When you’re new in your role, whatever ..read more
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Matt Chandler under fire as podcast alleges Village Church hired father despite known abuse
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by Laura Breault
1d ago
The allegations, which were shared in the ‘Bodies Behind the Bus’ podcast earlier this week, have sparked controversy online. On an episode of the “Bodies Behind the Bus” podcast Wednesday (July 11), two former members of the Village Church Denton in Denton, Texas, alleged that church leaders employed a custodian for five years, despite knowing he had previously admitted to sexually abusing a child. The custodian, they said, was Steve Chandler, the father of Matt Chandler, lead pastor of its umbrella church at the time. The allegations have sparked controversy online, with some calling&nb ..read more
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List: Tracking North Texas pastors who’ve left the ministry after being involved in controversies this year
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by Laura Breault
1d ago
This year has seen a number of North Texas pastors become subjects of controversy, with some going as far as to step down from their positions.  Multiple pastors have received allegations of sexual misconduct — with one even being charged — while other pastors face less clear allegations.  Here is a look at all of the pastors facing controversy so far this year.  Tony Cammarota of Stonebriar Community Church The most recent incident became known this week when Stonebriar Community Church notified its members in an email that Tony Cammarota, who had been an associate pastor for 1 ..read more
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AG Ferguson’s statement on court rejecting request to enforce subpoena against Seattle Archdiocese
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by Laura Breault
1d ago
Attorney General Bob Ferguson offers the following statement in response to the King County Superior Court denying a request to enforce his office’s subpoena against the Seattle Archdiocese in his Catholic Church investigation: “Our fight for survivors of clergy abuse is not over,” Ferguson said. “We plan to immediately appeal this decision because Washingtonians deserve a full public accounting of the Church’s involvement in and responsibility for the child sexual abuse crisis. As a Catholic, I believe in justice for survivors and I am disappointed by the Church’s lack of transparency. We wil ..read more
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Judge rejects effort by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson to get records from Catholic church
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by Laura Breault
1d ago
A Washington state judge said Friday that Attorney General Bob Ferguson is not entitled to enforce a subpoena seeking decades of records from the Seattle Archdiocese, despite his assertion that the records are needed to learn whether the Catholic church used charitable trust funds to cover up sexual abuse by priests. Judge Michael Scott sided with the archdiocese, which argued that under the state’s law governing charitable trusts, Ferguson did not have authority to enforce the subpoena. The law contains an exemption designed to ensure the state does not meddle in religious practices ..read more
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