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Canon fired

19 Nov

Ok, misleading title but I simply couldn’t resist. Ronald Johns

who looks like this, kids

is actually already the ex-canon of Carlisle Cathedral in Cumbria and he’s just been jailed – for four years! – for child molestation offences going back some thirty years.

Naturally, once the Church officials found out about this turbulent priest, they lost no time in alerting the police.

No, of course not. His bishop moved him to another parish and fresh victims. How far away? About half an hour down the road:

The court was told Johns was demoted by his bishop instead of police being informed of the allegations made by his first victim.

The victim had made an official complaint to the church in 1993. By that time Johns was a canon at Carlisle Cathedral.

Johns made admissions to the then bishop, the late Right Rev Ian Harland, who felt the appropriate sanction was to move him to a church in Caldbeck.

The matter only came to the attention of police this year when another victim complained he had been abused by Johns.

So how has the Diocese of Carlisle responded to this? They’ve issued this notice in which they

apologise unreservedly to his victims that we failed to take the action that we should have taken to prevent children and young people being harmed. We also apologise to the parishioners at Caldbeck and recognise the profound and damaging impact on all those affected

and state that

even though at that time the complainants did not wish to pursue the matter with the Police, it was absolutely wrong that Mr Johns should have been offered another post.

Quite how they square this with

We will not tolerate abuse and work closely with the Police and Social Care if such issues come to our attention

they don’t say, but to their credit, they have set up a special NSPCC freephone number to offer such advice as can be trusted from a corrupt organisation that has demonstrated repeatedly just how trustworthy it is.


No surprises here

24 Dec

A man stands in a public place (for some reason only in the warm weather) yelling at passers-by about how we’re all doomed to imaginary torment unless we submit to an equally imaginary tyrant from mythology – we tut and hope we can continue on our way without making eye contact.

Another posts on the net about his experiences with aliens – we shake our head that such delusions exist in our society.

Still another burbles to anyone within earshot about voices in his head and demons only he can see – we pity him and hope he gets professional medicated help.

Yet when the head of a known criminal and political organisation broadcasts on Radio 4 that God often surprises us when it grants our wishes, suddenly it’s “a great opportunity to spread the Christmas message” which needs to be pondered for its depth and profundity.

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John Sweeney vs. Co$ – Round 2

29 Sep

The Panorama special shown yesterday on BBC1, The Secrets of Scientology, was a long-awaited grudge match. Three years ago, reporter John Sweeney filmed an investigation into the cult for the flagship programme. Entitled Scientology and Me, it was an in-depth exposé into the cult and its practises.

It didn’t go too well. Or it succeeded spectactularly.

As Sweeney recounts, the two handlers ‘assigned’ to him by the Co$ – Tommy Davis and Mike Rinder – used aggressive psychological tactics to provoke Sweeney, famously, into an explosive outburst. This regrettable and frankly embarrassing incident was gleefully plastered all over YouTube by brainwashed cult members – aka Clams, Ronbots or Hubbardites – and gullible supporters.

That was 2007.

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