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Roman Catholic Sexual Abuse of 1,000 Youth by Priests is Tip of Iceberg * GAFCON Grows * Rwanda Primate's Term Extended * Imprisoned American Pastor Rattles World Economy * New Primates in Korea; Central America * Barnabas Fund Founder "Not Guilty"

To touch reality. The One we preach is not Christ-in-a-vacuum, nor a mystical Christ unrelated to the real world, nor even only the Jesus of ancient history, but rather the contemporary Christ who once lived and died, and now lives to meet human need in all its variety today. To encounter Christ is to touch reality and experience transcendence. He gives us a sense of self-worth or personal significance, because he assures us of God's love for us. He sets us free from guilt because he died for us, from the prison of our own self-centredness by the power of his resurrection, and from paralysing fear because he reigns, all the principalities and powers of evil having been put under his feet. He gives meaning to marriage and home, work and leisure, personhood and citizenship. He introduces us into his new community, the new humanity he is creating. He challenges us to go out into some segment of the world which does not acknowledge him, there to give ourselves in witness and service for him. He promises us that history is neither meaningless nor endless, for one day he will return to terminate it, to destroy death and to usher in the new universe of righteousness and peace. --- John R.W. Stott

Fewer than four percent of Episcopal congregations make it to an average Sunday attendance of 300 or greater. --- Jeff Walton, IRD

In the first study of its kind, a study that looks at the effectiveness of programs designed to help those who want out of a gay lifestyle, more than half of those who went into the lifestyle were sexually abused, a finding consistent with other studies. By far the biggest result of the study is that 88 percent of the participants report finding lasting freedom. --- Stephen Black, Firestone Ministries

The Dean of Ely [Cathedral] has adopted the secular values of a culture that has set its face against Christianity, and is waging a war against Judaeo-Christian culture. --- The Rt. Rev. Gavin Ashenden

The fundamental doctrinal test of the professing Christian concerns his view of the person of Jesus. If he is a Unitarian, or a member of a sect denying the deity of Jesus, he is not a Christian. Many strange cults which have a popular appeal today can be easily judged and quickly repudiated by this test. The extreme seriousness of the lie is that a second denial is implicit in the first: he *denies the Father and the Son* (1 Jn. 2:23). --- John R.W. Stott

"I find it most intriguing to contemplate the fact that while men are considering what place to give Jesus Christ in history, He has already decided what place to give them in eternity." --- Leonard Ravenhill

"Homosexuality is a metastasizing cancer in the Church." -- Dr. Ralph Martin

"To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees." --- Billy Graham

Dear Brothers and Sisters
August 17, 2018

A southern Missouri Roman Catholic bishop boldly stated what we evangelical Anglicans believe, but won't say out loud, and it is this: homosexuality is at the root of the clerical sex abuse crisis.

Bishop Edward Rice of the diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau published a column on his diocesan website affirming that the [Cardinal] McCarrick scandal is but one component of a vastly larger crisis, and that the crisis springs from homosexuality.

Rice then introduced portions of an article by Dr. Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, who said that homosexuality is a metastasizing cancer in the Church.

Martin noted two bright spots amid the bishops' mushrooming sex abuse scandal: "The climate of fear among many of our clergy -- the fear of being punished or marginalized if they report sexual immorality among their fellow clergy or leaders -- is starting to break." He also said Catholics should stop giving to the bishops' national collections and to our own dioceses and parishes' collections, unless they are led by bishops who are willing to call a spade a spade and govern accordingly.

Imagine that conversation taking place in say the Episcopal dioceses of Albany, Springfield, Central Florida or Dallas. These bishops, with the exception of Bishop Love of Albany, are too frightened of their own shadows to stand up to the pansexual zeitgeist of TEC's leadership. Would any of these bishops, including the Rt. Rev. John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee and a Communion Partner bishop dare stand up to PB Michael Curry and say the 40-year-old homosexual experiment in TEC has wrecked the church, is rapidly destroying what remains, and has torn the fabric of the broader Anglican Communion? Never gonna happen. The laity, like sheep, go along to get along, too dumbed down to either care, refuse to rock the boat as they draw closer to death, seeing their parish church as a burial ground than a statement of what we believe. More and more of these parishes are eating into their endowment to stay afloat.

LOOK at this list of homosexual abuse in the RCC. It's stunning in its scope:

In 1998, Austrian Cdl. Hans Hermann Cardinal Groer was forced to resign over homosexual activity.
In 2013, Scottish Cdl. Keith O'Brien stepped down over sexual harassment of seminarians and priests.
Since 2015, the Church in Chile has been wracked by a scandal involving Bp. Juan Barros of Osorno, who is accused of covering up sex crimes committed by his alleged lover, Fr. Fernando Karadima, one of Chile's most notorious pedophiles; in May, Chile's bishops were hauled to Rome en masse, where after meeting with Pope Francis, everyone offered to resign.
Now, cardinals in Chile (one of whom is on the Pope's Council of Cardinals that oversees reform) are under heavy suspicion for covering up homosexual abuse in their country. In fact, the whole bishops' conference of Chile, acknowledging complicity in not taking seriously reports of a bishop's cover-up of sexual abuse, recently gave their resignations to the Pope, and he has so far accepted several of them. The Pope himself at first stubbornly backed the appointment of this bishop and dismissed the victims' pleas as "calumny" and "gossip."
In February 2018, male prostitute Francesco Mangiacapra published a 1,200-page dossier containing the names and photos of 40 of his customers -- all of them priests and seminarians paying for sodomy with parishioners' money.
In March, Guam Abp. Anthony Apuron was found guilty of sexual abuse of minors (but not defrocked) by a canonical panel in Rome.
In April, the Vatican arrested Holy See diplomat Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella on child pornography charges (after using diplomatic immunity to shield him from prosecution in Canada).
In May, 40 Honduran seminarians published a letter asking Cdl. Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga -- nicknamed the "Vice Pope" for his close relationship with Pope Francis -- to clean up their Tegucigalpa seminary, overrun by a metastisizing homosexual network; weeks later, when the letter went public, Maradiaga slammed Catholic media for covering the story, but did not deny the presence of a flourishing gay subculture.
In June, Msgr. Luigi Capozzi, secretary to Cdl. Francesco Coccopalmerio, current head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and close adviser to the Pope, was busted while hosting a cocaine-fueled gay orgy in his Holy See apartment; the Vatican press office refused to comment on the scandal.
In July, Australian Abp. Philip Wilson resigned over sex abuse cover-up; earlier this month, he was handed a prison sentence by secular authorities.
The same month, Honduran Auxiliary Bp. Juan Jose Pineda -- a close ally of Cdl. Maradiaga -- resigned over homosexual and financial impropriety.
Again in July, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the release of a grand jury report detailing the crimes of more than 300 predator priests in six of the state's eight dioceses; the product of a two-year investigation, the nearly 900-page document is being described as "the worst report ever."
Martin noted that in spite of scandal after scandal, "reform doesn't seem to be happening."

AND then the news broke this week that in the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, some 300 priests abused 1,000 youth (boys and girls), with one report stating that still most of the crime goes unreported. (Mary Ann Mueller is working on a major expose of this horrendous news.)

Studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, show that:

1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse;
Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident;
During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13.

In general, male sexual abuse is on the rise. The percentage of sexual-harassment charges filed by men with the EEOC has doubled from 8 percent to 16 percent. At school, in the home, in church and even in the workplace, sexual abuse of boys and young men is a crime that leaves indelible scars on those who survive. Yet, just 1 in 3 cases are reported.

Abuse often comes from the least likely sources -- a priest or youth leader, uncle, a scout leader, a parent or grandparent. According to those who have been through it, the effects are the same: poor self-esteem, difficulty trusting others, anxiety, feelings of isolation, self-injury and self-mutilation, eating disorders, sleep problems, depression, self-destructive tendencies, sexual maladjustment and substance abuse.

More Than Surviving: Courageous Meditations for Men Hurting from Childhood Abuse Award-winning author, Cec Murphey, knows the impact first hand. "As a child, I was beaten by my father, sexually assaulted by a female relative, and verbally abused by both parents. When I was six; an elderly man rented a room in our house. He sexually molested me and my sister." Murphey doesn't dwell on the past in More Than Surviving: Courageous Meditations for Men Hurting from Childhood Abuse (Kregel), he dwells on the healing. "Until we can come out of denial and get to the pain, the healing never begins," he says.

Most men hide what happened and learn to keep the secrets. "Healing from childhood molestation is much like grief recovery," explains Murphey. "We survivors need to grieve--grieve for our lost childhood." Sexual predators have a keen sense about the young boys most vulnerable and easy to manipulate. "Some boys feel unloved and alone. That basic, unmet need to feel loved sets them up. It's part of what we call the grooming technique--when a perpetrator manipulates his intended victim into believing someone cares."

For Murphey and others who have suffered sexual abuse as children, healing begins with the loving acceptance of others. "Because I was molested as a kid and have become a healed adult, I have a responsibility to destroy the confederacy of silence that surrounds men who have been wounded -- sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse."

From a Roman Catholic perspective, the latest revelations are the tip of the iceberg. Pope Benedict XVI wrote when he was a young priest, "the Church will have to become smaller and more purified before it can again be a light to the world."

By contrast, Archbishop Justin Welby can't make up his mind about homosexuality, preferring not to answer any more questions about where he stands, or doesn't, while the RCC stares him in the face with years of homosexual abuse (no it is not all about pedophilia, it is post-pubescent fatherless young men being preyed upon by priests) that has bankrupted whole dioceses and caused millions to leave the faith. Will Welby ever learn?


GAFCON is on the march to growth and renewal. They are busy establishing the nine networks that were launched at the Jerusalem conference in June. "There is little doubt that the most important is the Intercessors Fellowship because that network seeks to ensure GAFCON is utterly dependent on God in prayer by putting intercession at the center of all our activities," said a news report. It is this kind of thing that is causing heartburn to Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council. He blasted this new development when GAFCON met in Jerusalem. He can't stop it however. In time, the ACC will become more and more irrelevant as it compromises with the culture over sexuality issues, while GAFCON will grow and prosper as it moves into high gear riding the horse of theological orthodoxy.


The Provincial Synod of the Church of Rwanda has extended Archbishop Laurent Mbanda's term as Primate until June 2023. Archbishop Mbanda is a key member of GAFCON'S Primates' Council and was due to retire in 2020 after only two years in post.

Former GAFCON Chairman, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, will hold a special conference for all those excluded from attending Jerusalem due to visa issues. "We were saddened by the fact that there were several from the Middle East and Africa who wanted to come but were prevented from doing so," said Okoh. "We are determined that they should experience the same sense of awe and joy, and we have therefore decided to organize a conference specifically tailored for them." The location and exact dates of 'G19' (as we are calling it) have yet to be agreed, but it is likely to take place at the end of February.

Four churches in Christchurch, New Zealand and St Thomas' in Edinburgh, Scotland, are showing courage to disaffiliate from their provinces following decisions by both to endorse same sex marriage. Fellow orthodox Anglicans in North America, who split from The Episcopal Church for similar reasons, will appreciate how bold they have been. Without the prayers and fellowship of the GAFCON community, they are likely to feel extremely isolated, wrote Okoh


One man with God is a majority, is an old saw, but it is worth repeating with what happened this week. An American evangelical pastor imprisoned in Turkey rattled world markets, causing the Lira to drop and stock markets to reel.

The imprisonment of 50-year old Andrew Brunson by Turkish authorities on allegations of espionage and aiding a terrorist organization, got the ear and voice of American political leaders.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Turkey to release detained American pastor Andrew Brunson, saying he "needs to come home." He's innocent, he said. Brunson's case increased tensions between Turkey and the United States. Announcing sanctions this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called Brunson's detention "unjust" and "unacceptable."

President Donald Trump tweeted, "He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!" Vice President Mike Pence issued a similar threat at a religious freedom conference, saying that the U.S. would impose the sanctions if Brunson isn't immediately released.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed. God has them in derision, he laughs at the what nations think they can do, and then one man shakes the world, and you know why God has them in derision.


Bishop Moses Nag Jun Yoo was elected Primate of the Anglican Church of Korea, according to an ACNS report. He was elected at the Province's General Assembly to succeed Bishop Onesimus Park, the Bishop of Busan, whose term of office had come to an end. Bishop Moses will serve as Primate for the next two years. The General Assembly also appointed a new General Secretary, Peter Jun Gi Choi. In a message to the Anglican Communion Office, the province asked "for your continuing prayer for the new leadership and churches of the Anglican Church of Korea".

In his inaugural address, Bishop Moses spoke about Jesus calming a storm, and described the Anglican Church as being a ship heading towards God. "We must fill the ship of the Anglican Church with the oil of the Gospel, and sail through loving collaboration," he said. "Through us, we must become tools of evangelization that enable us to live in God in us.

"Evangelization is possible only in the Spirit of God. When we preach the gospel in the Spirit of God, live in righteousness in the Spirit of God, live in the Spirit of God in the Spirit of God, and resist the in-humanization in the Spirit of God, a smooth sailing will unfold.

"The first thing we should do in the Korean Anglican ship is to live a spiritual fellowship in God. In order to become a Christian church that lives a communal life that communicates in the spirit of God, we must first engrave God's Word in our hearts. The power to keep the Word comes from prayer. We must internalize the Word and pray daily for others on this basis."


Archbishop Julio Murray urged his province to "embrace the project" of the Kingdom of God as he was installed at the sixth primate of the Anglican Church of Central America (IARCA) on Saturday. He was elected by the provincial synod in April. Hundreds of people, which included guests from around the world, packed into St. Luke's Cathedral in Panama City for a vibrant, colorful service which reflected elements from the five nations which make up the province -- Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

In a stirring, passionate address, Archbishop Julio touched on the themes of justice, hope, intentional discipleship, empowering women and young people and celebrating cultural diversity. On mission, he said it was time for the Church to stop navel-gazing. "It is time to take the mission of the Church outward," he said. "Embrace the project of the Kingdom because it is bigger than the Church . . . it is greater than the Anglican Communion." And he insisted everyone had to be involved -- the task could not be left to the primate, or bishops or clergy.


After leading a fact-finding visit, Archbishop Paul Kwong has expressed his hope that the Anglican diocese in Chile will become the 40th Province of the Anglican Communion, according to a report in The Living Church.

The Anglican Church in Chile is a diocese in the Province of the Church of South America but has been moving toward becoming one of the Communion's autonomous provinces.

A seven-member delegation will report its findings to the Anglican Consultative Council's Standing Committee in September. With the approval of that committee and a majority of the Communion's primates, the Province of Chile could be established by the end of the year.

The delegation visited Chile on Aug. 7-13 to find whether it is ready and meets the criteria to become an Anglican province.


The Rev. Duane Miller, an Anglican priest in Madrid says he was troubled that there was not a single Arabic-language Christian fellowship in all Madrid. "Consider the numbers: Madrid is both a state and a city. The Comunidad de Madrid has a population of 6.4 million, and the city of Madrid has a population of 3.1 million. He and an Assemblies of God minister started weekly prayer walks. He joined a church in that neighborhood and the pastor was excited about the idea of reaching Muslims with the gospel. Redeemer is in a great neighborhood for reaching young secular Spaniards, but not Muslims. Duane and his wife Sharon are both proficient in Arabic, so they gave it a try.

"Dan had connections with local leaders as well as a ministry in the city center reaching Muslims, and my wife and I had the language skills. We prayed. Doors opened. A local pastor invited us to present a daylong workshop for his congregation on reaching Muslims with the gospel. The Baptist seminary invited me to give three days of intensive summer teaching on the topic of understanding and reaching Muslims." They are all available in Spanish via YouTube: (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLId2AWq-DuwC4zdA0FTjfQ335xWbn7ot3i); similar lectures in English are here (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLId2AWqDuwC524Womth4IPTx5H0zjAcTd).

Pray for this start up ministry.


Is the church organist a dying breed? Amy Spagna of EPISCOPAL CAFÉ noted the looming shortage of organists.

"While the potential for a shortage of clergy is old news to many in church circles, it also seems that the number of organists is dwindling. This also isn't exactly "news;" a Google search for "church organist shortage" yielded articles going as far back as the 1990s. So, what exactly is happening? It seems to be a garden variety of things: children receiving less exposure to music due to the cutting of music programs in schools; declining church attendance; and cultural shifts which have seen the rise of more portable instruments such as guitars, drums and pianos. Even in larger, urban markets, it can be difficult to find an organist who is the right "fit" for a particular church's music program.

The general aging of the population may also play a role. A 2017 Baltimore Sun article reported that, "A 2015 survey by the American Guild of Organists confirmed the picture is bleak and getting worse.

"The organization found that about 60 percent of its 16,000 members were 58 years of age or older. Just 11 percent were younger than 37.

"More than half -- 58 percent -- had played at the same religious institution for at least 31 years, while only 14 percent had done so for less than a decade."

"Samford [University] also is taking strides to promote more interest in the organ and recently made one of its five-year goals to 'increase appreciation of the role of the organ in worship -- whether as the primary instrument or as an instrument in the band.

"...Summarizing the organ and organist dilemma, [Eric] Mathis [director of The Center for Worship and the Arts at Samford] said, 'People assume that because there are fewer organists and churches with organs in worship that the organ is dying. The organ is not dying, nor are the organists.'"


A plan to sell Anglican churches in Tasmania has drawn anger from local communities. Some 76 churches up for sale to raise money for child sex abuse victims and expand ministries. Jonathan Pearlman writing for The Sunday Times In Sydney said that in the tiny Australian town of Hamilton, a quiet 180-year-old sandstone church stands as a reminder of the Christian heritage of the nation's British colonists.

Once the life blood of the community in the island state of Tasmania, St Peter's Church faces an uncertain future.

Like a growing list of churches across the country, it is scheduled to be sold off by the Anglican Church to help pay compensation to the victims of child sex abuse.

But the sale of churches has prompted anger among local communities, who say the churches provide important services such as childcare, assisting the elderly and serving religious needs.

Tasmania's Anglican diocese plans to sell 108 properties, including 76 churches, to help raise some A$8 million (US$8.05 million) for the victims, as well as to invest in new ministries and provide funds back to congregations.

The move follows Australia's landmark Royal Commission into child sex abuse, which spent some five years examining crimes dating back decades in religious organizations, sports and community groups, schools and charities.

The commission heard from 8,000 victims and referred 2,500 alleged cases of abuse to the authorities. It recommended the creation of a compensation scheme and said as many as 60,000 survivors of abuse may be eligible.

Each victim will be eligible for up to A$150,000, as well as counselling and a response from the offending institution. The payments will largely be funded by the institutions responsible.

But the scheme has taken a heavy toll on the Anglican Church.

Anglicanism is the second-largest religion in Australia, where about 13 per cent of the population are Anglicans. The largest religion is Catholicism, whose members make up 23 per cent of the population.

About 15 per cent of the victims who reported to the commission were Anglican and 62 per cent were Catholic. The Catholic Church has indicated it will not need to sell churches to fund compensation, unlike some branches of the Anglican Church.

A new protest group in Tasmania, Save Our Community Soul, plans to take legal action against the sales.


There was a small victory in British courts this past week over false charges of sexual assault leveled at the founder of Barnabas Fund, an organization aiding persecuted Christians around the world. Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo was found "not guilty" in a unanimous verdict of an indecent assault alleged to have taken place in 1977. The jury of twelve at Snaresbrook Crown Court, after deliberating for less than two hours, unanimously found Dr Sookhdeo not guilty. Sookhdeo has served the persecuted Church for more than quarter of a century. Dr Sookhdeo is challenging an earlier verdict in which he was convicted. He is seeking leave to appeal and has always maintained his innocence. You can read the full story here: https://tinyurl.com/y8az8ggv


Not quite merging...yet. Western New York Bishop William Franklin, recently told the House of Bishops that he and Northwestern Pennsylvania Bishop Sean would share joint operations. For the past five years, Episcopalians in the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania have been sharing certain operations. They have a joint formation process for deacons, a shared board of examining chaplains for the ordination process and have held some joint clergy conferences. The dioceses have just started sharing transition ministry functions, and a Northwestern Pennsylvania diocesan staff member is now the intake officer for disciplinary matters in Western New York.

The next step will come Oct. 26-27 when the two dioceses hold a joint convention in Niagara Falls, New York. At that gathering, Western New York will vote on whether to make Rowe its bishop provisional for five years.

The deeper truth is that Western New York doesn't have enough money to support a full-time bishop as the diocese (like many) is slowly dying on the vine and will merge (juncture) permanently in time. Watch for this to be a growing issue around the country in a number of dioceses as the money runs out along with endowments.


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 in 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, believed to have been 9 years old, at the church.

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


A former Anglican priest who raped a young girl on the pew of a Canberra church, Australia, had a long-history of molesting children. Justice Michael Elkaim sentenced John Philip Aitchison, 67, to nine years in jail on five charges of sexual intercourse with a young person and seven counts of acts of indecency on a young person. The ACT Supreme Court heard had been convicted of offences against children in the United Kingdom, NSW, Victoria, and the ACT.

Justice Elkaim said the offender had been "dealt with leniently" in the past; on one occasion a NSW court found Aitchison had psychological issues. "[This] was incorrect. He is unquestionably a paedophile," Justice Elkaim said. The court heard Aitchison still maintains his innocence and has shown no remorse.


And just when you think the cultural Marxists might have been dealt a serious blow to their ideological drive, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips' is in trouble again. This time he has refused to bake a cake that would be pink on the inside and blue on the outside, to celebrate a person's "transition" from male to female.

Earlier this summer, the nation's highest court ruled 7-2 that Colorado officials had discriminated against Phillips' religious beliefs while trying to force him to bake a cake for a same-sex "wedding." On June 26, the Denver Post reported that Autumn Scardina filed a complaint against Phillips for declining to bake a "transition cake".

Two days later, Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) director Aubrey Elenis wrote a letter concluding there was probable cause to conclude Phillips had unlawfully denied Scardina "equal enjoyment of a place of public accommodation." It ordered the two to enter compulsory mediation to reach an amicable resolution.

ADF, the religious liberty nonprofit that represented Phillips in his original case, responded by filing a federal lawsuit against Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper and the state civil rights commission, accusing them of ignoring the Supreme Court's ruling and continuing to discriminate against Phillips' faith.

FINAL THOUGHT. We are in a battle for the souls of men, women and children. The good news is this, "For justice will prevail, and all the morally upright will be vindicated." Psalm 94:15

In Christ,


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