Scandalous prophecy come true: “Someone else will end up owning the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.”

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About this story

This series is based on nearly 23,000 pages of internal documents from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and various religious orders that were made public this year in compliance with court orders. In addition, (LA) Times reporters reviewed thousands of pages of depositions and court filings and interviewed dozens of people, including church officials, victims’ families and law enforcement officials. Cardinal Roger Mahony declined to be interviewed or respond to questions sent to his attorney.

Unless otherwise stated, and excepting historical and biographical information from Times archives, all information in the story is based on internal church records released through court order or sworn depositions. Statements that appear within quotation marks are from depositions, church records, public statements, interviews and contemporaneous coverage in the Los Angeles Times. Some comments and conversations have been paraphrased based on the recollections of participants; in those instances, quotation marks are not used.

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Editor’s note: An estimated $2.6 billion (probably much more) has so far, been spent by the Catholic Church on legal defense and damage awards, throughout the United States.

The scope of the problem is so widespread, that when similar problems occur in non-Catholic religious groups, they look to see how much the Catholic Church paid out.

The “going rate” for a typical settlement now stands at around $2.5 million per person/per case.

Curiously, when similar issues crop up in public schools, teachers still get transferred around and awards for money damages rarely follow. But even when they do, things are usually covered up and the dollar amounts are much, much smaller. So, there is one standard that applies to Catholics and another standard, for everyone else.

The whole thing stinks, to the high heavens!

Army tells soldiers that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

A soldier who attended the Oct. 17th briefing told me the counter-intelligence agent in charge of the meeting spent nearly a half hour discussing how evangelical Christians and groups like the American Family Association were “tearing the country apart.”

Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, is advising the soldier and has launched an investigation into the incident.

“The American public should be outraged that the U.S. Army is teaching our troops that evangelical Christians and Tea Party members are enemies of America, and that they can be punished for supporting or participating in those groups,” said Berry, a former Marine Corps JAG officer.

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Father Z comments: When heresy gives you (Archbishop) Sartain, make lemonade!

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Archbp. Sartain of Seattle was appointed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to keep his eyes on the doings of the sisters. (Ed: The notorious and often heretical Leadership Council of Women Religious – LCWR.)

One former LCWR president said its members are preparing for this year’s assembly with an “ominous feeling.”

“We’re going into this assembly knowing that there’s a cloud over our head and that we are being investigated and they are going to be monitoring us,” said Mercy Sr. Theresa Kane, who served as LCWR president from 1979 to 1980.

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Editor’s note: Archbishop J. Peter Sartain (pronounced “Sarten)”) is a fair man, a good bishop and an all-around nice fellow. The sisters should be pleased to have him in attendance – unless they again plan to blatantly and publicly spout heresy. That could turn out to be a problem – unless perhaps, our new Pope – who has already advised similar groups not to worry about such trivial matters – also decides to attend!

The United Nation’s Catholic “witch hunt” proceeds

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UN committee’s ‘list of issues’ will present Pope Francis with direct challenge to disclose whether secret deals were made to preserve the church’s reputation.

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Editor’s note: The liberal hierarchy of the post-Vatican II Catholic Church has been falling all over itself in support of various United Nations programs and initiatives, since the 1960’s. It may now be the time to give the devil his due. Lets’ see how Pope Francis handles this one.

Details of woman’s death at the hands of Chicago’s Planned Parenthood come to light

The myth of safe and legal abortion

An autopsy report on a woman who died after an abortion at a Chicago-area Planned Parenthood business confirms that she was bleeding uncontrollably and never awoke from an emergency surgery to try to save her life.

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Maricopa County Sheriff’s investigation determines Obama birth certificate is a fake.

Mike Zullo, the posse’s chief investigator, said numeric codes on certain parts of the birth certificate indicate that those parts weren’t filled out, yet those sections asking for the race of Obama’s father and his field of work or study were completed.

Zullo said investigators previously didn’t know the meaning of codes but they were explained by a 95-year-old former state worker who signed the president’s birth certificate. Zullo said a writer who published a book about Obama’s birth certificate and was aiding investigators let them listen in on an interview he conducted of the former state worker.

The Obama campaign declined to comment on Arpaio’s allegations.

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The leadership of the Girl Scouts is reflexively liberal. Their board is dominated by people whose views are antithetical to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

According to a Visiting Fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Mary Rice Hasson, GS-USA has not been responsive to its critics and has been “whitewashing” programs and policies that contradict church teaching. Hasson said:

They just repeated the Girl Scouts’ denials. Families’ concerns were minimized or ignored.

A collision course is probably a good description of where things are headed. The leadership of the Girl Scouts is reflexively liberal. Their board is dominated by people whose views are antithetical to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

GS-USA argues that the concerns raised by Catholic critics are recycled complaints that GS-USA has denied repeatedly and categorically.

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Obama’s “Waterloo” may turn out to be Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Birthergate” investigation

“America’s toughest sheriff” says there is “tons” more potentially shocking information on Barack Obama in connection with his probe into the president’s eligibility, and he calls the media’s suppression of his findings of a likely forged presidential birth certificate and Selective Service Card “probably the biggest censorship blackout in the history of the United States.”

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Editor’s note: If Arpaio eventually manages to prove his case, it will probably be AFTER the coming election. Should Barack Obama get reelected, that would leave the country with Joe Biden at the helm … and that would be a national tragedy.

The only safe and sensible thing is to vote Barack Obama out of office. We can worry about the rest of the details later.

Another small pro-life victory: Susan G. Komen for the Cure cuts off its funding to Planned Parenthood.

According to the AP, the move will mean “a cutoff of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams.”Planned Parenthood confirms that Komen is the first, and only, organization to cut off funding since the Congress began debating the issue in earnest last winter.

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Summary of the current status of the Father John Corapi case

The Timeline

  1. Tamra Sexton was fired in September 2009, for cause. This is known because of the court filing in Montana by Corapi, made public on the blog of Jimmy Akin, reporter for the National Catholic Register, earlier this summer.
  2. Her husband, Matt Sprinkle, had his contract with Santa Cruz Media terminated in the middle of 2010, which is also in the court filing.
  3. Corapi also initiated foreclosure proceedings on a home and property occupied by Tamra and Matt in 2010, near Corapi’s own home in Kalispell, Montana.  There is a pregnant pause between mid 2010 and early 2011, then:
  4. Accusations were made by Tamra Sexton Sprinkle on or about Ash Wednesday, 2011.
  5. SOLT made the allegations public, along with declaring that Corapi was being put on administrative leave.
  6. Corapi issued a statement stating he doesn’t like the canonical proceedings, but will cooperate.
  7. SOLT assembled a three person “fact finding” team to investigate Tamra’s allegations.
  8. Bishop Rene Gracida, retired bishop of Corpus Christi, and Father Flannagan, founder of Corapi’s society SOLT, contacted Corapi to inform him that the current process of suspension was usually not just in the Church now, and that he would be better served by pursuing a civil case.
  9. Corapi and Santa Cruz Media files the civil suit.
  10. Fr. Sheehan of SOLT states publicly that the canonical process has stopped because of the civil lawsuit. We will find out that in private, however, the investigation went on.
  11. Corapi resigned from public ministry, stopped referring to himself as “Father,” adopted the name he gave himself for his autobiography – the Black Sheepdog – and also resigned from SOLT on or about June 17, 2011.
  12. Fr. Sheehan of SOLT shortly thereafter acknowledged Corapi’s resignation and SOLT will work with him in his time of transition.
  13. Not a mere three weeks later, on July 5, 2011, SOLT issued a letter, unsigned by Father Sheehan and apparently written by someone else, since it refers to Fr. Sheehan in the third person. It stated that all of the allegations made by Tamra Sexton are true. SOLT warns the faithful not to associate with Corapi. It then, strangely, orders Corapi to stop foreclosure proceedings against Tamra Sexton, drop his lawsuit against her, and lastly orders him to return to community in Corpus Christi.
  14. Corapi did not comply.

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Congress to Investigate Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

A Congressional committee has taken the first steps in investigating the Planned Parenthood abortion business over abuses ranging from financial disparities to its compliance with federal regulations on taxpayer funding to concerns that it is covering up cases of sex trafficking.

In a September 15 letter LifeNews.com obtained, Rep. Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican who is the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Investigations, writes to Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood.

“Pursuant to Rules X and XI of the United States House of Representatives, the Committee on Energy and Commerce is examining the institutional practices and policies of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates, and its handing of federal funding,” Stearns writes. “That Committee has questions about the politics in place and actions undertaken by PPFA and its affiliates relating to its use of federal funding and its compliance with federal restrictions on the funding of abortion.”

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The official SOLT Press Release is finally posted. Things look pretty bad for John Corapi.

Excerpt from the official SOLT press release:

SOLT’s fact-finding team has acquired information from Fr. Corapi’s e-mails, various witnesses, and public sources that, together, state that, during his years of public ministry:

He did have sexual relations and years of cohabitation (in California and Montana) with a woman known to him, when the relationship began, as a prostitute; He repeatedly abused alcohol and drugs; He has recently engaged in sexting activity with one or more women in Montana; He holds legal title to over $1 million in real estate, numerous luxury vehicles, motorcycles, an ATV, a boat dock, and several motor boats, which is a serious violation of his promise of poverty as a perpetually professed member of the Society.

SOLT has contemporaneously with the issuance of this press release directed Fr. John Corapi, under obedience, to return home to the Society’s regional office and take up residence there. It has also ordered him, again under obedience, to dismiss the lawsuit he has filed against his accuser.

SOLT’s prior direction to Fr. John Corapi not to engage in any preaching or teaching, the celebration of the sacraments or other public ministry continues. Catholics should understand that SOLT does not consider Fr. John Corapi as fit for ministry.

Mysterious press release appears to detail more Corapi offenses. No confirmation available.

A press release dated July 5, 2011, alleged to have come from Father Gerard Sheehan, SOLT regional priest servant, details a number of long-term indiscretions on the part of John Corapi that came to light as the result of the recent investigation.

Funny thing is … no one has been able to confirm the existence of said release. There’s nothing about it on the official SOLT website, and at least one high profile Catholic blog has already taken down its post on the matter.

If there’s anything to this, we’ll let you know as soon as it can be properly confirmed. But for now … we wait.

John Corapi justifies his actions, explains the “Black Sheepdog” thing.

From the Black Sheepdog site:

Some of you have thought I might have acted too fast and not given the Church enough time to complete their investigation. You could be right, but you also don’t know the facts like I do. The utter disregard for our reasonable requests and certain statements made by the lawyer for the Society of Our Lady confirmed to us that they would not complete the investigation so long as I insisted in exercising my civil and human rights. That is a dead horse. Why beat it? My lawyers would not allow me to continue unless ten questions were answered regarding the nature of the process—simple reasonable questions. They ignored the request for 6 weeks and still ignore it. These weren’t rocket science questions. At a future time we’ll publish the entire letter and the questions.

For about ten years I have been attacked, threatened, and endured extortion attempts. The leadership of the Church never lifted a finger to help me in any way with this. Every time someone gets angry with me or decides they want a payday I have to go through hell with no help from the leadership of the Church. I admit I have grown weary of that. The trauma created by all of the sexual abuse of minors scandals has warped the judgment of some in authority. They are running scared. I believe in my case they panicked. “We don’t know if the dog is rabid, but let’s shoot him in the head just in case.” Well, this black sheep of a sheepdog has been “shot in the head” before and lived to tell about it. I’ll be telling about it for awhile longer.

The name “The Black Sheep Dog” is the title of my autobiography, a title which I came up with about a year and a half ago. That title was, by the way, stolen by a person who worked for me while they were working for me, attempting to secure internet domain names under that title. That is in effect a violation of federal intellectual property laws since I have both registered trademarks and copyright on that title. The title is simply the combination of a black sheep, that would be me; and a sheepdog, that would also be me. The concept of a sheepdog guarding the flock is certainly biblical and also an idea I gleaned from an article from LTC Dave Grossman, which we’ll post for you to read at a future date, or you can read it on the internet where it has been circulating for some time.

Read Dave Grossman’s Sheep Dog Article

Corapi investigation was complicated by a civil suit filed against accuser

“When she left the company, she signed a contract that she would not reveal anything that happened to her while she was at Santa Cruz Media. Father Corapi paid her for this. Father was suing her for a breach of contract,” said Father Sheehan, though he did not specify why Father Corapi had initiated the non-disclosure agreement.

The civil suit against the former employee created a problem for SOLT investigators.

“In canon law, there can’t be any pressure on witnesses; they have to be completely free to speak. The investigation was compromised because of the pressure on the witnesses. There were other witnesses that also had signed non-disclosure agreements,” said Father Sheehan.

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How the mighty have fallen: Vatican knuckles under to EU banking authority.

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Prosecutors in Rome on Wednesday (June 1) released $33 million (23 million euros) in Vatican funds that had been frozen last September pending an investigation for possible money laundering.

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Abortionist plans to set up little shop of horrors in Wichita, in spite of alleged threats.

When we meet Angel Dillard in the recent documentary “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” she’s a bright, perky mother of two who’s volunteering at the Kansans for Life booth at the state fair.

Nothing like a thug.

But a thug she is, if what the federal government says is true. Dillard is accused of sending a threatening letter in January to a Wichita doctor who plans to start performing abortions in that city where none has been offered openly since the 2009 assassination of George Tiller.

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Clergy abuse allegations: true, false and truthy

21 Philadelphia priests were recently stood down, even though most of them are clearly not abusers. What is going on?

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Don’t ask … don’t shoot. One dead, one injured in “curious” British nuclear sub incident.

LONDON – A shooting aboard a nuclear-powered submarine in an English port Friday left one Royal Navy sailor dead, one critically injured and a third under arrest, police and military officials said.

Police said the incident on HMS Astute, docked in Southampton, southern England, was not terrorism related.

“Two Royal Navy personnel have been involved in a firearms incident at Southampton docks,” Britain’s defense ministry said in a statement. “Sadly, one has now died as a result of his injuries.”

Defense Secretary Liam Fox said he was saddened by the “tragic incident.”

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