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This Week In Holy Crimes

Over the last seven days...

: Pastor Ralph Lee Aaron charged with 152 counts of sodomy, sexual abuse, sexual torture and possession of obscene matter involving children.
Manitoba: Pastor Raju Madanu pleads guilty to stealing church donations meant for an orphanage.
Missouri: Youth Pastor Michael Joy arrested for aggravated indecent solicitation of pre-teen child. Bonus: Joy was employed by the church despite spending most of the '80s in prison for the same crime.
Oklahoma: Pastor Josh Spires sentenced to ten years in prison for child molestation.
Georgia: The Catholic Diocese of Savannah agrees to pay $4M settlement to man molested by Father Wayland Brown.
California: Pastor Reuben Mitchell charged with two counts molesting pre-teen girls.
Spain: Catholic priest arrested in immigration scam in which over 100 foreigners paid $15K each to marry a Spaniard and gain residency.
Quebec: Father John Duarte arrested for molesting boys at Haitian mission he founded.
Poland: Father Norbert Jedrusinski arrested for bank robbery.
Australia: Archbishop Denis Hart tells local priests to disregard a letter written to several parishes by a woman warning about sexual abuses even though the imprisoned priest she claims raped her at seven years old has confessed to molesting dozens of children.

This Week's Winner-
: The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) charges that the Archdiocese of Detroit knew fully well that Father Joseph Skelton was a convicted child molester and allowed his ordination in the Philippines anyway. In 1988 Skelton was convicted of molesting a boy in his room at the Detroit seminary. The Archdiocese of Washington recently settled a lawsuit brought by a man who says that Skelton and Father George Stallings tag-teamed him as a boy.

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