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Catholic Priest… err… Non-Denominational Pastor Sex Scandal

September 29th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

From this morning’s Democrat & Chronicle:

“The pastor of a local church pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge alleging he had sexual contact with a boy multiple times during a three-year period.

Bishop Joe N. Flowers Jr., 41, of Henrietta, founder and senior pastor of the Walk of Life Christian Center, Inc., was accused by a grand jury indictment of a course of sexual conduct, which indicates two or more acts with a person younger than 13.

Flowers is accused of repeated sexual contact with a boy he knew, said Assistant Monroe County District Attorney Kristy Karle. The conduct is alleged to have occurred between Jan. 1, 2007, and March 31, 2010.

All of the abuse is alleged to have taken place in Flowers’ home and involves one boy who would regularly visit Flowers, the indictment alleges, though Karle said the investigation is ongoing considering the number of young people with whom Flowers’ came into contact at the church.

He has been pastor at the church since founding it in November 1994 along with his wife and co-pastor, Sheryl Y. Flowers, according to the church’s website.”

If only Flowers were allowed to marry. If only Flowers did not have to suffer the burden of mandatory celibacy. If only women could pastor Flowers’ church.

Oh wait… he IS married. He (I would assume) is not living a life of celibacy. His wife, a woman, is co-pastor.

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3 Responses to “Catholic Priest… err… Non-Denominational Pastor Sex Scandal”

  1. avatar Abaccio says:

    Am I the only one that finds it somewhat absurd that these pastors all take on the term “Bishop”? I mean, seriously,what an incredible misuse of a term…

  2. avatar Bill B. says:

    Good point; however, moot. From Wikipedia—>”…The office of bishop was already quite distinct from that of the catholic order priest in the writings of Ignatius of Antioch (died c. 107), and by the middle of the second century all the chief centres of Christianity were headed by bishops, a form of organization that remained universal until the Protestant Reformation…”
    I guess we share the word, if not the interpretation.

  3. avatar jetscubs86 says:

    WOW! Imagine if this was a Catholic Church story. It would be on the front page of the D&C (section A) in BIG BOLD letters. Amazing the Catholic bias in the news media. Great points Dr.K.


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