Father, I Have Sinned Against Heaven

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 22, 2011

Many say the best blog in America is JoeMyG-d. Big dog Joe Jervis produces a weekly feature, This Week In Holy Crimes. It is a listing of various misdeeds perpetrated by an assortment of holy people. Sometimes it is fun to click on the links, and learn more about these dirty deeds for Jesus.

The top story this week is the retired Catholic Priest in South Florida, who just can’t stay away from the little boys. Neil Doherty, 68, is in custody for  being disconnected, while under house arrest. The Church has already paid out major bucks in settlements to lawsuits, arising from his mentoring. A group called SNAP…the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests…thinks it is all terrible. The article is in the Miami Herald, and advertises the University of Miami Health Baristric Specialists.

Moving up north in the big hair region, a preacher in Geneva AL was sentenced to prison time for stealing money from his church.
“The Dothan Eagle reports that a deputies took Steven McQueen into custody Wednesday. District Attorney Kirke Adams says McQueen was sentenced to serve seven and a half years in jail for three felon first-degree theft convictions. Adams says the judge split each sentence and ordered McQueen to serve 15 months in jail without probation. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently. Adams says McQueen was convicted of stealing more than $250,000 from the Solid Rock Worship Center in Geneva.” The story is on the channel 19 website, and advertises the Point Mallard ice complex, where you can skate at Point Mallard for half off!
In North Carolina, the Triangle Business Journal is advertising American Express, and telling tales of a ponzi scheme. PMC Strategy stole $670k from investors. One of the principals is Timothy Bailey, of Monroe NC, who is said to be a Pastor. The hosting church was not named. If you like to write poetry, and want something that rhymes with bastard, try pastor.

In Chattanooga TN, Channel 12 is advertising a cooking school, that teaches “Taste of Home”. In a parked car behind a middle school, Ronnie Powe was getting a taste of a 15 year old boy. The police interrupted the party. Mr. Powe is the Youth Minister of the United Tabernacle Church of God in Christ. His father is the Senior Pastor of the facility.

With the internet creating a virtual community that crosses government boundaries, it should not be surprising that an FBI agent in Mobile AL winds up catching a man in Crittenden, KY, who posts naughty pictures of children on facebook. The man was a pastor at the Church of G-d in Dry Ridge, KY, but is no longer employed there. The Alabama website advertises a rapid results weight loss plan, where you can lose 7 pounds in 7 days. A commenter named Tinfoilhatguy said ” Sad. It can happen anywhere, not just the Catholics.”

You can’t have a roundup like this without a story from California. The Venture County Star reports a plea bargain, involving a Pastor who was involved in crooked financial affairs. Alonzo ” Lonnie” McCowan pleaded guilty to the charges, and his wife was allowed to go free. Mr. McCowan will serve a year in confinement, and make restitution to an elderly couple. Under a work furlough program, Mr. McCowan will be allowed to preach at Solid Rock Christian Center while he does time. His wife, Kimberly McCowan, says “I thank G-d for giving us strength.”

England brings the story of Lucy Adeniji. An illegal immigrant from Nigeria, Ms. Adeniji is described as a church pastor, but no church is named. She is accused of bring Nigerians into England using false passports, and then using them as servants. The immigrants are treated poorly.
“The alarm was only raised when the older ‘servant’ ran from Adeniji’s Barking, east London, home in just a towel after being beaten and forced to strip and kneel down.” A commenter named “Miss Fluffy” says “Disgusting and calls herself a Christian – here is yet another reason why it has become almost impossible for Black people to enter the UK because of the behaviour of a small minority of our community.”
The Washington Post has the story of Felix Owino, a Catholic Priest, who pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching an 11 year old girl. Mr. Owino (spell check suggestion: wino) is a native of Kenya, and has taught Philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. He is reputed to have a drinking problem. When asked by the Judge to make a statement, Mr. Owino
“instead prayed aloud for several minutes, saying, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, treat me like you do your highest servant. … Rescue me, G-d, my helper.” When he is released from jail, deportation is likely. The web page has a video ad for UPS, which says “we *heart* logistics”.
Pictures today were taken in Murphy Candler Park, near Atlanta, GA. When Gary Micheal Hilton lived in this area, he would walk his dogs in that park.

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  1. Anonymous said, on February 22, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Humans are flawed, imperfect, duplicitous beings by nature.
    A person who becomes a teacher and abuses the power they have over their students does not mean they did “dirty deeds for education”. Same goes for a physician who causes injuries or death in their practice of medicine. They did not “do dirty deeds for medicine”.
    It continues to amaze me that people and groups who are most vocal proponents of tolerance and acceptance are the very people who are the least tolerant, the loudest to condemn and ridicule.
    Some of posts, re-posts, and re-re-posts are often entertaining though rather rambling.
    I don’t believe in bashing anyone for thier orientation, lifestyle choices, religious affiliation or lack thereof or their political stands that are different than mine.
    It saddens me to be reminded on a daily basis that prejudice and bashing are still embraced, approved and practiced.
    When I knew you before, we were kids. And we have all grown up and lived entire lifetimes before fb allowing us a form of communication
    with former classmates, co-workers and old
    friends. I just always thought you were about this and not change. Of course we all change, we are solidly on the down side of middle age and it is again me being naive to believe we would still believe as we did then.
    (I do not have spell check on this device, so any misspellings are due to my own shortcomings in this area.)

  2. not amused said, on March 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    How can you judge someone without knowing all the facts? How can you think its funny to call someone a bastard? Would you like a new nickname? I’m sure a lot of people could come up with one for you.

    • chamblee54 said, on March 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks for stopping by.
      I did not call anyone a bastard, at least not in this post. I pointed out that the word bastard rhymes with pastor.
      As for a new nickname…it would be tough to come up with anything new, but you are welcome to try.
      I have been called “the devil” by a professional Jesus worshiper. This person says he never met his father.

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