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Aussie porn addict priest confesses all

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My thanks to the Daily Telegraph – Aussie edition – for reporting on a pastor (priest) in Sydney who faked terminal cancer to hide the fact that he was addicted to Internet porn.

Incredibly, the pastor, who had released a hit song that reached number two in the Ozzie religious charts, and whose wife gave up her job to care for him, was only rumbled by his Church after they reportedly became suspicious about fake emails he had sent himself from “medical practitioners.”

Bizarrely, Father Guglielmucci forced himself to vomit all over himself every night and appears to have drugs to remove all his hair.

And all to hide a 16-year obsession with porn.

 “This is who I am – I’m addicted to the stuff, it consumes my mind,” he told the paper, adding that he is sick why he had to come up some ort of explanation of what was happening to his body.

I’d say he is sick, but not in the manner to which he describes himself.

His wife – even though she now knows the scale of his frauds – appears to think otherwise and says he’s still a good man, but has been rapped by lies that have spiralled out of control.

16 years of porn addiction? Jeez – that means he was downloading smut on dial-up modem connections.

Now that is sick…

September 2, 2008 Posted by | Australia, Michael Guglielmucci, Pornography | Leave a comment

Unconventional Baptist church not shy about sex

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TUCSON, Ariz. — A Web site with a name like Puresextucson.com is not something you’d expect a Southern Baptist pastor to brag about.

But not only is 27-year-old Jeremiah McDuffie flaunting the site — created it.

McDuffie sent not-so-subtle mailers this week to 35,000 Tucson homes: postcards showing a photo of four feet peeking out from under bedcovers in a suggestive pose.

He also took out full-page advertisements in two local newspapers.

McDuffie, pastor of The Element Community Church, explains that he wants us to know that God wants them to have good sex.

Ultimately, he hopes to open up dialogue on a subject he says is too often regarded as taboo in houses of worship. Yet it’s also at the root of so many issues he hears about from worshippers and others who seek him out for pastoral counseling, he said.

“Sex wasn’t invented in a dark alley behind a porn shop. It’s part of God’s design,” McDuffie’s Web site says.

Not everyone has been happy to receive the mailers. The Catalina Baptist Association, the organization whose name is on the back of the flier, has received a few dozen irate calls, and The Element has had a few, too.

“The negative calls we’ve had were basically from people saying this was a subject we shouldn’t be dealing with in church, that it’s inappropriate,” said McDuffie, who confesses he was once a porn addict.

McDuffie’s in-your-face message is meant to attract people to a series of sermons about sex that he’ll be giving on consecutive Sundays beginning Sept. 7. The first one is titled, “The Greatest Sex You’ll Ever Have.

It’s an interesting topic for a pastor whose one-year-old church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination with a conservative reputation.

McDuffie said that while he’ll be using the Bible in his sermons, he doesn’t plan on telling worshippers what they can and cannot do.

“This is not a ‘don’t have sex’ talk,” said McDuffie, who is restricting his sermons to those age 13 and older.

The Element is one of more than two dozen “plant” churches that the denomination has started in Tucson in recent years. The plant churches are typically contemporary in worship style — with rock bands instead of hymns and auditoriums rather than sanctuaries — and they don’t have the word “Baptist” in their names.

The Element is not the only such church talking about sex. Also on Sept. 7, two other local Baptist “plant churches” will hold events titled “Porn Sunday.”

One of those churches, CityEdge, is even having a wet-T-shirt contest in recognition of Porn Sunday.

“It’s actually just a couple of our guys being silly, wearing wet T-shirts,” said the Rev. Billy Creech, the 34-year-old pastor of CityEdge, which is just four months old.

But Creech said the message behind Porn Sunday is a serious one. Like McDuffie, he wants to broach subjects that are normally not discussed in church — at least not with frankness. Porn Sunday opens a series of sermons at CityEdge titled “The Unspeakable.” Other subjects include money, work and sex.

“Let’s stop hiding things and stop playing ‘church,’ ” Creech said. “People are tired of that. Instead of pointing fingers at what our culture is doing, we want to be real and talk about who we are in here.”

August 29, 2008 Posted by | Baptist Church, Evangelical Tricks, Pornography, Sex in the Bible | Leave a comment

Confessions of a porn addict pastor

[Source] August 29, 2008:

AN AUSTRALIAN pastor who inspired hundreds of thousands of people with his fight against terminal cancer has admitted he faked his illness to hide an addiction to porn.

Police are now investigating disgraced pastor Michael Guglielmucci over the collection of public donations to his cancer cause.

The alarm is understood to have been raised by the Hillsong Church in Sydney which revealed the pastor’s hoax in an email.

His deception was so great his wife quit work to care for him, he forced himseld to vomit regularly at night and even lost his hair to fool his family and the public about the extent of his illness.

Guglielmucci, whose parents established Edge Church International, an Assemblies of God church, had earlier this year released a hit song, The Healer, which debuted at No. 2 on the ARIA charts and was featured on Sydney Hillsong church’s latest album.

It since has become an anthem of faith for believers, many of whom are suffering their own illness and were praying for a miracle for Guglielmucci – more than 300,000 people have watched one performance on YouTube.

In a frank TV interview, Guglielmucci explained fabricating a terminal cancer battle to hide his 16-year obsession with pornography.

“This is who I am – I’m addicted to the stuff, it consumes my mind,” he said of pornography.
 
“… I’m sick and this is why I had to come up some sort of explanation of what was happening in my body.”

The shame manifested itself physically, resulting in him losing his hair and purging his body.

“I don’t know how you can fake vomiting all over yourself night after night after night, I’m not that good an actor,” he said.


To conceal the two-year cancer lie which he hid from his wife and family, he sent phoney emails to his loved ones from non-existent medical practitioners.


“I’ve been living a lie for a long time,” he told the Seven Network’s Today Tonight. “I’ve been hiding who I am for so long. I can honestly say to you that the last two years have been hell for me physically, emotionally, but I never sat down and said … let’s try and fool the world.”


Detectives have begun investigating claims that disgraced pastor Michael Guglielmucci deceived people into donating money to a fake cancer cause.


The South Australian police commercial and electronic crime branch has contacted officers in Victoria and New South Wales.


It has also been checking various Pentecostal church-related websites.


Guglielmucci’s wife, however, has vowed to try to save their marriage, despite the humiliating revelations of his cancer hoax and pornography addiction.


Amanda Guglielmucci, 29, has also defended her husband, insisting he is a good man, trapped by lies which had spiralled out of control.


“I know he’s not an evil man, there’s not evil in his heart,” she said yesterday.

Mrs Guglielmucci, who is staying in their Sydney home while Michael is with his family in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, said she would try to salvage her marriage.

“I know that I love him, I know that much,” she said.


“We’re just not going to rush anything, we’re gonna walk through the process, however slowly it needs to happen, in order for the healing and restoration to be complete and then we’ll go from there.”

She has turned to a counsellor to help cope with her husband’s massive deception, which has shocked not only his family’s church, Edge Church International, but the world-wide Christian movement.

Just over two weeks ago, the world-renowned pastor and songwriter sat his wife of seven years down at their Sydney home and told her the awful truth.

“I was the first one he told, he confessed everything to me,” Mrs Guglielmucci said.


“He just went through it – where it had started, everything in his life as a young kid, the patterns. He was crying, sobbing actually, absolutely sobbing, he just said ‘I don’t have cancer’.

“He was terrified, I still remember the look on his face . . . it was a very hard moment for him, as it was for me hearing it.”


Despite his elaborate deception and his admission of an addiction to adult pornography, Mrs Guglielmucci said it was feelings of sympathy and shock rather than anger that overwhelmed her.
 
“I could just see a really broken, unwell man. At that point I found it really quite hard to get angry,” she said.

“Seeing your husband of seven years absolutely sobbing in front of you, risking everything coming forward and telling the truth – in that instance it was really hard to be angry or mad.”


Mrs Guglielmucci said she understood people struggled to believe she could not have known her husband was faking his illness. However, she maintained his real symptoms – vomiting, hair loss and apparent pain – never gave her reason to suspect otherwise.


“I never questioned it, when you love someone you trust them. I had no reason not to trust him,” she said.

“Perhaps I feel a little bit foolish in this, hindsight’s a fabulous thing . . . but I’m trying not to beat myself up.”


Mrs Guglielmucci even quit work to look after her ailing husband. “In the middle of the night he was in so much pain I would put towels in the microwave to try and give him some relief in his back,” she said.

However, she never attended doctors’ appointments with him, a move she now regrets.

August 29, 2008 Posted by | Australia, Michael Guglielmucci, Pornography | Leave a comment

Priest pleads guilty to child sex charges

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A Catholic priest from the Melbourne archdiocese has pleaded guilty to 10 child sex and pornography charges in the County Court.

– Guilty plea
– Videos, images seized
– ‘Deeply troubling’ charges

Father Edmund John Haines, 62, served the district near Geelong for 12 years, including the towns of Meredith, Winchelsea, Anakie and Bannockburn.

The Geelong resident, who is known by his middle name, pleaded guilty to six counts of committing an indecent act with a child under 16, committing an indecent act with a child aged 16 or 17 who was under his care, procuring a child to make pornography, and producing and possessing child pornography.

Haines was also a chaplain at St Joseph’s College in Geelong and had worked as a priest in Papua New Guinea.

In 2005 he presided over the Winchelsea funeral for three children killed by their father, Robert Farquharson, after he deliberately ran off the Princes Highway and into a dam.

Prosecutor Susan Penhall said the offences took places between March 2006 and February 2008.

The Hamlyn Heights resident was arrested in mid-February 2008 when police seized images of children from his home.

The court heard these included seven videos and 30 photographs of child pornography.

The search followed a complaint from a member of the public in Colac.

After his arrest the Catholic Archdiocese placed Haines on administrative leave and withdrew his right to minister as a priest. 

At the time Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart said he was deeply troubled by the charges and assured parishioners of his concern for them.

When asked in court what his occupation was, Haines paused and then replied “priest”.


He was bailed to appear in late October.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | Australia, Catholic Church, Indecency, Pornography | Leave a comment

Former Morris priest pleads guilty to having child porn

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MORRIS — A former Morris priest charged with possessing pornographic images of children on computers has pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement.

John Lloyd Caskey, 53, was charged earlier this year in Stevens County District Court with 20 counts of possessing child pornography.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to the first three counts and admitted possessing the images of minors, according to Stevens County Attorney Charles Glasrud.

Based on sentencing guidelines, it’s likely Caskey will received a stayed sentence and will be placed on probation, Glasrud said.

Caskey is expected to be sentenced in October, Glasrud said.

Caspkey was facing five years in prison and/ or a $5,000 fine for each count.

Caskey was priest at Assumption Church in Morris and associate pastor in Chokio and Herman. He was officially installed Sept. 16, 2007. He left Assumption in December 2007.

After being charged, Caskey was released on conditions, which included that he may not possess pornography, he is to have no contact, supervised or unsupervised with anyone under the age of 18 and no access to computers or the Internet.

Daniel Eller, Caskey’s attorney, reported earlier this year that the St. Cloud Diocese arranged for Caskey to be evaluated at Saint Luke Institute, a part of the Maryknoll Center in Silver Springs, Md.

The center was to complete a four-day evaluation of Caskey.

John Kinney, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud, said earlier this year that Caskey was relieved of his duties as a priest when Kinney learned of the charges.

“I was taken by surprise by these allegations,” Kinney said in his statement at the time. “I have not received any complaints in the past about (Father) Caskey from any of the parishes he has served nor have I had any information that would cause me to be concerned.”

Caskey served three years as Associate Priest at Assumption in the early 1980s before moving on to several other assignments. Over 25 years, Caskey has served as a military chaplain and as a pastor in numerous communities, including Browns Valley, Browerville and Clarissa.

The complaint against Caskey stated that in September 2007, the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that an 18-year-old male had received anonymous, obscene and suggestive letters.

The investigation led Sheriff Randy Willis to interview Caskey on Nov. 30. Caskey admitted sending the letter, but “He denied that he’d done anything like this for many years,” the complaint stated.

Caskey also signed a consent allowing law enforcement to search his home and work computers. Capt. David Wyffels, of the Willmar Police Department conducted a forensic examination of the hard drives from the computers.

Wyffels’ investigation revealed a “large number” of pornographic images on his home computer, and it was concluded that the images were entered into the computer while it was under his control. The images were almost exclusively of males, many depicting persons “obviously” under age 18, according to the complaint.

Wyffel’s investigation showed that some files had been deleted, leaving only partial images on the hard drive. In all, 8,671 “suspect” images were given to the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office for review, the complaint states.

Descriptions of the images in the complaint indicate that the images depict minors engaged in explicit sexual acts or poses, according to the complaint.

“The possession of this volume of such material, and the manner of its storage demonstrates knowledge by Defendant of the material’s contents,” the complaint states.

Kinney stated that he is “committed to the safety of all those entrusted to our care. I take that responsibility seriously and have taken many steps to ensure that our children and others are safe.”

August 26, 2008 Posted by | Pornography | Leave a comment

Porn-again pastor – have your say

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DISGRACED pastor Michael Guglielmucci has finally told of fabricating a terminal cancer battle to hide his 16-year obsession with pornography.

His story, first revealed on AdelaideNow last week, has rocked Adelaide.

 To have your say on the Michael Guglielmucci  saga, fill-in the Comment Box below and it will be considered for posting on this website.

And vote in our online poll, lower right, on whether he should now be forgiven for faking cancer claims.

August 25, 2008 Posted by | Michael Guglielmucci, Pornography | Leave a comment

Money back pledge from disgraced pastor

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A high-profile preacher who lied about having cancer has promised to return any money he received from donors.

Michael Guglielmucci’s father, who is also a preacher, has told the congregation of their church in Adelaide’s south that his son needs their prayers more than ever.

Michael Guglielmucci spent two years playing to packed houses on the Christian rock scene, sending an anthem of faith and healing to the top of the charts.

But last week the Melbourne-based pastor came clean about the terminal cancer he did not actually have.

His father Danny issued a public apology to the congregation this week.

“Mike thought he could escape the pain by creating a diversion from his addiction to adult pornography, so he created the cancer scenario,” he said.

Danny Guglielmucci is a founder of Edge Church International, at Reynella in Adelaide, part of the Assemblies of God network.

His son was a pastor with Planetshakers, an international Christian youth movement that started in Adelaide.

“We fully understand the questions, shock, disbelief and even anger you may feel, but Michael is struggling with a different kind of illness and is receiving professional help,” the pastor told the congregation.

‘Gladly pay it back’

As for money donated to Michael Guglielmucci in good faith: “[We will] gladly pay it back if people want their money back, absolutely. We are glad to make restitution,” Danny Guglielmucci said.

Michael Guglielmucci has not appeared publicly but a church leader read a statement from him.

“As a result of this secret life of sin, my body would often break down. I would report the cause of my symptoms simply as illnesses but the truth is, that although I was ill, I did not have cancer, but again used a mis-diagnosis to hide the lie that I was living,” the statement said.

Many of the congregation at Reynella have spoken of the need for forgiveness.

“Michael was a man, he sinned, and he needs to be forgiven,” said one.

“Everybody is a sinner and we’ve all been forgiven by God,” another said.

Danny Guglielmucci says his son is receiving psychiatric care and legal advice and may need to go to an overseas clinic.

August 25, 2008 Posted by | Evangelical Tricks, Michael Guglielmucci, Pornography | Leave a comment

Disgraced pastor Michael Guglielmucci a porn addict

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  • Disgraced pastor a severe porn addict, dad says
  • ‘Addicted’ to porn since the age of 12
  • Dad says son made full confession about porn

THE father of disgraced pastor Michael Guglielmucci has revealed his son has been addicted to pornography since the age of 12.

Danny Guglielmucci – whose high-profile preacher son last week week admitted his two-year battle with cancer was fake – said the “severe addiction to pornography” was part of a bizarre double life his son had been leading.

Mr Guglielmucci, who established Edge Church International, an Assemblies of God church in Adelaide, said Melbourne-based Michael had made a full confession to his family about his past, including revelations about the 16-year porn obsession and the lies over his supposed battle with terminal illness.

In an exclusive interview with Adelaide’s Sunday Mail this week, Mr Guglielmucci also revealed:

HIS son has been suffering “mystery illnesses” since the age of 12.

DOCTORS gave his parents the option of admitting him to a psychiatric ward for assessment as a child over the ongoing “illnesses”, but they refused.

THE family’s “absolute shock” at discovering Michael was not terminally ill.

Mr Guglielmucci said he and wife Sharonne – who founded Edge Church International with him – were struggling to comprehend what their son had done.

They are expected to address the church’s Adelaide congregation today to explain his actions.

“When (Michael) rang me last Tuesday, I was on my way to New Zealand,” Mr Guglielmucci said.

“He said, ‘Dad you’ve got to come and see me’.

“I said to my wife, ‘Maybe the doctors have told him he’s only got a few weeks to live’.

“So we cancelled everything and jumped on the plane and went to see him in Melbourne, and that’s when he told us the story.

“We were just in absolute shock and we still are. We haven’t had time to get our head around it. He said, ‘I don’t have cancer. I’ve had two lives that I’ve lived’.

“His wife (Amanda), who has been with him for seven years, found out the day before we did and she’s had no idea.

Michael has had a severe addiction to pornography. The addiction to pornography started when he was 12.

“It’s horrendous because we don’t have that sort of stuff around. He was raised in a Christian home; we’ve never brought that stuff into our home.”

Michael Guglielmucci was one of Australia’s highest-profile Christian preachers, inspiring hundreds of thousands around the world as he performed his hit song Healer with an oxygen tube in his nose.

He was a pastor with Planetshakers, a Christian youth movement that began in Adelaide and has grown into an international ministry. 

But that all came crashing down this week when his deception became public.

Mr Guglielmucci said his son finally confessed after the guilt of his lies and addiction became overwhelming.

“He lived the two lives and he would get sick as a result of the guilt,” he said.

“He was feeling like he was letting God down, letting his family down, his church, his friends.

“He’s been living this for so long, feeling like he’s had these two lives and now he’s the one that’s come out in the open. He confessed it, he didn’t get caught.

“To deal with the guilt he would pour himself into doing good work. He’s touched the lives of young people all over the world. Now they are all affected by this.

“He hasn’t done this for any reasons that have been portrayed that he’s a fraud.

“It was either keep pretending or come out with the truth and tell everything. He’s come out with everything but now we’ve got the consequences of it all.

“We have to accept it. We’re hoping to share with our congregation how it all started and how it got where it is.

“We understand people’s anger, we understand their questioning.

“There’s so many questions.

“An addiction like this is not going to be fixed overnight. You can’t have a 16-year problem and fix it in a week.”

Mr Guglielmucci said his son was undergoing psychiatric assessment with Adelaide doctors.

“They have said to me that he is very ill. They are assessing where reality stopped and fantasy kicked in and what’s caused all this,” he said.

“The doctor believes that at times Michael was totally convinced that he had this sickness.”

Mr Guglielmucci said his son had a long history of “mystery illnesses”, starting in childhood.

“When he was about 12 he did vomit all the time, he’d get really really sick,” he said.

“He was in the Adelaide Children’s Hospital for seven weeks at one stage; he didn’t eat and we thought we were going to lose him.

“They took out his appendix, thinking that it might be that, but they realised that it wasn’t.

“They gave us the option of putting him in a psychiatric ward to see if there was something psychological but we felt uncomfortable with that at the time.

“We signed him out from hospital and then he would go a few months and then he would get sick again.

“We’d always take him to hospital; we’d always do the proper thing but they couldn’t get to the bottom of it until now.”

Mr Guglielmucci said he and his wife were in “absolute shock” to discover their son was not terminally ill.

“We have watched our son go through what we thought was cancer,” he said.

“My wife and I, over the past two years, have watched him vomit in buckets, having nosebleeds, and even his hair fell out in clumps at one stage.

“Every time we saw him, we saw symptoms. He stayed with us for a while where we had to put a special air-conditioner in one of the rooms because he would heat up so much in the middle of winter.

“He had this cold air-conditioner blowing on him to try to keep the heat down. As a professional minister I’ve stood in front of my congregation and cried and said to pray for my son.

“I’ve travelled the world asking people to pray for him. Can you imagine what a horrible thing it would be if I was playing a game?

“To be honest, I ask myself as a father, ‘What did I miss, what did I not do? What could I have done better?’ ”

Mr Guglielmucci said Michael’s wife was “getting really good counselling”.

“She’s not made any decision at this point,” he said.

“It’s happened so quickly. There’s so many questions.”

August 24, 2008 Posted by | Australia, Pornography, Shamed Evangelicals | Leave a comment

Former Morris priest pleads guilty

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A former Morris priest charged with possessing pornographic images of children on computers has pled guilty as part of a plea agreement.

John Lloyd Caskey, 53, was charged with 20 counts of possessing child pornography in Stevens County District Court earlier this year.

On Wednesday, he pled guilty to the first three counts and admitted possessing the images of minors, according to Stevens County Attorney Charles Glasrud.

Based on sentencing guidelines, it’s likely Caskey will received a stayed sentence and will be placed on probation, Glasrud said.

Caskey is expected to be sentenced in October, Glasrud said.

Caskey was facing five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine for each count.

Caskey was priest at Assumption Church in Morris and Associate Pastor in Chokio and Herman. He was officially installed Sept. 16, 2007. He left Assumption in December 2007.

After being charged, Caskey was released on conditions, which included that he may not possess pornography, he is to have no contact, supervised or unsupervised with anyone under the age of 18 and no access to computers or the Internet.

Daniel Eller, Caskey’s attorney, reported earlier this year that the St. Cloud Diocese arranged for Caskey to be evaluated at Saint Luke Institute, a part of the Maryknoll Center in Silver Springs, Maryland.

The center was to complete a four-day evaluation of Caskey.

John Kinney, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud, said earlier this year that Caskey was relieved of his duties as a priest when Kinney learned of the charges.

“I was taken by surprise by these allegations,” Kinney said in his statement at the time. “I have not received any complaints in the past about (Father) Caskey from any of the parishes he has served nor have I had any information that would cause me to be concerned.”

Caskey served three years as Associate Priest at Assumption in the early 1980s before moving on to several other assignments. Over 25 years, Caskey has served as a military chaplain and as a pastor in numerous communities, including Browns Valley, Browerville and Clarissa.

The complaint against Caskey stated that in September 2007, the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that an 18-year-old male had received anonymous, obscene and suggestive letters.

The investigation led Sheriff Randy Willis to interview Caskey on Nov. 30, 2007. Caskey admitted sending the letter, but “He denied that he’d done anything like this for many years,” the complaint stated.

Caskey also signed a consent allowing law enforcement to search his home and work computers. Capt. David Wyffels, of the Willmar Police Department conducted a forensic examination of the hard drives from the computers.

Wyffels’ investigation revealed a “large number” of pornographic images on his home computer, and it was concluded that the images were entered into the computer while it was under his control. The images were almost exclusively of males, many depicting persons “obviously” under age 18, according to the complaint.

Wyffel’s investigation showed that some files had been deleted, leaving only partial images on the hard drive. In all, 8,671 “suspect” images were given to the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office for review, the complaint states.

Descriptions of the images in the complaint indicate that the images depict minors engaged in explicit sexual acts or poses, according to the complaint.

“The possession of this volume of such material, and the manner of its storage demonstrates knowledge by Defendant of the material’s contents,” the complaint states.

Kinney stated that he is “committed to the safety of all those entrusted to our care. I take that responsibility seriously and have taken many steps to ensure that our children and others are safe.”

August 21, 2008 Posted by | Pornography | Leave a comment