666 Christian Crimes

1950 - 1999

1959

"Anti-Semitism flares at Cologne, Germany." [Grun, 544]

1959

"Cardinal Spellman said: 'Next to Jesus Christ, the greatest thing that happened to the Church was Bernardino Nogara.'" Nogara had been the manager and director of the Special Administration of the Holy See, a financial institution. Eventually, the Special Administration's "workings were esteemed to be of such importance that Nogara became the only Vatican official with free and unannounced access to the Holy Father." [Williams, 2003, 36]

1965

The Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office (formerly The Holy Office of Inquisition) was again renamed. This time it became the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. [Kirsch, 208]

1968

"Ulster civil rights campaign leads to fighting between Protestants and Roman Catholics." [Grun, 562]

1968

"Pope Paul VI: encyclical Humanae Vitae against all artificial means of contraception." [Grun, 562]

1970

"Pope Paul VI declares priestly celibacy to be a fundamental principle of the Roman Catholic Church." [Grun, 568]

1971

"A synod of Roman Catholic bishops, meeting in Rome, reaffirms the role of celibacy for the clergy." [Grun, 568]

1975

"Four women ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in Washington; previous ordination of 11 women in Philadelphia is invalidated by the House of Bishops." [Grun, 580]

1976

"... a poor spinster, Elizabeth Hahn, was suspected of witchcraft and of keeping familiars, or devil's agents, in the form of dogs. The neighbors in her small German village ostracized her, threw rocks at her, and threatened to beat her to death before burning her house, badly burning her and killing her animals." [Ellerbe, 137]

1977

"... in France, an old man was killed for ostensible sorcery." [Ellerbe, 137]

1978

U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan, his aides, reporters, State Dept. officers and relatives of colonists were killed at Jonestown, Guyana, by members of Rev. Jim Jones' People's Temple. Then 914 colonists killed themselves by drinking a poisoned liquid. A female member and her three children had their throats cut in Georgetown, Guyana. More than a year later, Former member Al Mills and his family were shot to death at their California home. They had helped to expose the problems at Peoples Temple. Jim Jones was an evangelical, a self-proclaimed prophet of God, then Jesus, who performed "miracles" and faith healing. He had also predicted that the world would end on July 15, 1967. [Haught, 1990, 185-191]

1979

"I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!" [Rev. Jerry Falwell, (quoted in Leedom, 265)]

1981

The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the new name for the old Inquisition) "reaffirmed an old decree of excommunication against Catholics who dare to join the Freemasons...." [Kirsch, 208]

1981

"A mob in Mexico stoned a woman to death for her apparent witchcraft which they believed had incited the attack upon Pope John Paul II." [Ellerbe, 137]

1983

In Darkley, Northern Ireland, Catholic terrorists with automatic weapons killed three and wounded seven in a Protestant church on a Sunday morning. It was "one of hundreds of ProtestantCatholic ambushes which have cost nearly 3,000 lives during 20 years of religious conflict in Northern Ireland." [Haught, 1990, 10]

1984

"I believe this notion of the separation of church and state was the figment of some infidel's imagination." [Rev. W. A. Criswell, Dallas TX, (quoted in Leedom, 265)]

1984

Father Gilbert Gauthe was indicted for many crimes, including rape and sexual relations with a minor, in Lafayette, Louisiana. Knowing Gauthe's history, the Church transferred him to different parishes several times for positions in which he had contact with children. [BishopAccountability.org, citing "The Tragedy of Gilbert Gauthe" by Jason Berry in The Times of Acadiana, May 23, 1985; Gaylor, Annie Laurie, "Sexual Child Abuse In The Church," in Leedom, 372.]

1984

When attorney Gloria Allred scheduled a press conference to name seven priests who had sexually abused her client, all seven "disappeared." When Msgr. Benjamin Hawkes found out about the lawsuit, he telephoned the priests and told them to leave town immediately. The Los Angeles diocese claimed not to know their whereabouts. [Morrison, "Los Angeles Times," March 28, 1991]

1985

In Northern Ireland, "there were 54 assassinations, 148 bombings, 237 shooting episodes, 916 woundings, thirty-one kneecappings, 522 arrests on terrorism charges, and 3.3 tons of explosives and weapons seized. All this in a tiny country with a population of 1.5 million people." [Haught, 1990, 183]

1986

"The Supreme Court of the United States of America is an institution damned by God Almighty." [Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, (quoted in Leedom, 265)]

1986

The son of Faye and Glenn Gastal were awarded $1 million for damages to their son by Father Gilbert Gauthe in Louisiana. [Gaylor, Annie Laurie, "Sexual Child Abuse In The Church," in Leedom, 372.]

1986

Father Andrew Christian Anderson was found guilty on 26 counts of child molestation. He was sentenced to only five years probation. The church had never reported him to authorities, and continued allowing him contact with young boys. [Gaylor, Annie Laurie, "Sexual Child Abuse In The Church," in Leedom, 373.]

1987

"[Non-believers] can't be considered citizens or patriots ... this is one nation under God." [George H.W. Bush, 41st US President, at a press conference at O'Hare Airport, Chicago]

1990

The death toll in Northern Ireland from the previous two decades was 3,000. [Haught, 1990, 184]

1990

According to a study by Rev. Ronald Barton and Rev. Karen Lebaczq at Berkeley found that 25% of all clergy have engaged in sexual misconduct. [Gaylor, Annie Laurie, "Sexual Child Abuse In The Church," in Leedom, 369.]

1990

"11 out of the 46 Protestant ministers charged in 1990 with criminal sexual abuse had prior convictions ... all dating since 1985. Most of the men had received light sentences ... Churches are not only failing to check ministers' records, but in some instances are knowingly hiring convicted child molesters." [Gaylor, Annie Laurie, "Sexual Child Abuse In The Church," in Leedom, 370.]

1991

"I want to be invisible. I do guerilla warfare. I paint my face and travel at night. You don't know it's over until you're in a body bag. You don't know until election night." [Ralph Reed, Christian Coalition, (quoted in Leedom, 265).]

1991

Letters dating from the 1980s from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles advised Santiago Tamayo, a priest accused of sexual abuse with a minor, to leave the country and stay there. Church officials later denied knowledge of his whereabouts. They later admitted that they did know that Tamayo was in the Philippines when the victim's attorney was trying to serve him legal papers. [Morrison, "Los Angeles Times," March 28, 1991]

1992

"The majority of our leaders are pro-abortion. So you don't go in there and say, 'I'm an advocate against abortion.' No, you say, 'I'm interested in housing, or development, or sanitation.' And you keep your personal views to yourself until the Christian community is ready to rise up, and, wow! They're gonna be devastated!" [Antonio Rivera, Christian Coalition NYC, (quoted in Leedom, 265).]

1992

After a thirteen year study of Galileo's trial, a commission appointed by Pope John Paul II reported that the Inquisition had committed "a subjective error of judgment." The pope expressed sympathy with their findings but declined to reverse Galileo's conviction. As of 2008, Galileo's conviction still stood. [Kirsch, 208]

1994

Two thousand attendees including, then Vice-President Dan Quayle, at a religious-right training conference, pledged allegiance to Jesus and a Christian flag. [Sidney Blumenthal, "New Yorker," July 18, 1994, (quoted in Leedom, 292)]

1994

Rwandan Benedictine nun Maria Kisito and her mother superior Sister Gertrude helped Hutu militiamen set fire to a garage in which Tutsis had taken refuge. Five hundred Tutsis were burned alive. 5000 to 7000 in all died after taking refuge at the convent in southern Rwanda. [Wikipedia, "Maria Kisito," citing the "Washington Post," June 9, 2001]

1995, July

"Srebrenica: Worst European Atrocity Since World War II"
Led by "Serb commander-in-chief General Ratko Mladic."
"In a five-day orgy of slaughter at Srebrenica in July 1995, up to 8,000 Muslims were systematically exterminated in what was described at the U.N. war crimes tribunal as "the triumph of evil."
"More than 60 truckloads of refugees were taken from Srebrenica to execution sites where they were bound, blindfolded, and shot with automatic rifles."
"Some were buried alive...."
"... Bosnian Serb forces had killed and tortured refugees at will. Streets were littered with corpses, he said, and rivers were red with blood. Many people committed suicide to avoid having their noses, lips and ears chopped off...."
"... adults being forced to kill their children or watching as soldiers ended the young lives." [CNN World, 05/26/2011]

1998

Pope John Paul II announced the beatification of Archbishop Stepinac, who was a convicted war criminal. [Williams, 2003, 70-72. See also: 1942.]



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