What a week this has been for scandalous news regarding the religious reich! A new Pope is chosen, Jack Schaap signed a detailed plea bargain that leaves more questions than answers, and an anonymous tip regarding Phil Aguilar’s Set Free ministries links practically everyone in this paragraph into one big dysfunctional family.
Phil Aguilar, founder of Set Free, a biker ministry that has been affiliated with Calvary Chapel and the Trinity Broadcasting Network, according to my tip, was trained by Jack Hyles. A search on the internet reveals that Jack Schaap, the former pastor of Hyles First Baptist Church, praised Aguilar by saying he followed Jack Hyles to a ‘T’. That might explain why both TBN and Calvary Chapel eventually distanced themselves from Aguilar after the arrests of Set Free bikers on a number of charges ranging from child abuse to attempted murder (although lawsuits and accusations regarding sex abuse/harrassment also have been leveled against Calvary Chapel and TBN).
Geronimo Aguilar, his son, was 21 years old (married, 2 kids) when he got involved with a 14 year old girl. He ditched the wife and kids (who were sent to a ranch to get over it). Geronimo married the 14 year old girl and they are still married. Geronimo, now known as ‘Pastor G’, is head of the Richmond Outreach Center in Richmond, Virginia.
Pastor G recently showed up on YouTube praising Jack Schaap and, while saying that what he did was terrible, seemed to not only forget about the victims but missed an opportunity to illustrate from personal experience.
Jack Schaap signed a plea deal and it is currently on view at the Chicago Tribune’s website. It is very detailed and gives an eye opening look at how a bible based predator grooms his victim. The reason for this plea deal is to protect the victim from further abuse. If you have visited Facebook and message boards and read posts basically accusing the victim, the argument makes sense. Justice is being served, but we’re still left in the dark concerning the names that Jack Schaap coughed up in order to get his sentence.
‘A trusted staff member’ is indicted for driving the girl out of state to meet Schaap at a park. At least the secretary in the Trinity Baptist/Bob Gray scandal could simply slam the office door when she saw something ‘questionable'(according to the deposition). She didn’t have to drive the girl across state lines two times to a remote woodsy area!
There is also a little matter concerning two defendants who ‘purchased/sale of an infant/toddler child knowing that the child would be caused to assist another person to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography’. SAY WHAT? Even more disturbing is the fact that if Jack Schaap hadn’t agreed to the plea deal, those two most likely wouldn’t have been arrested!
Oh, yeah! They elected a new Pope! His name is Francis! Some call it ‘a new day’ for the Catholic church, which, like the folks above, have also been hit by child abuse scandals. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergogliol took the name ‘Pope Francis’, allegedly this name of a saint of peace. Pope Francis has been criticized for not doing enough to address kidnapping of children by military police and telling two priests to stop working for the poor or lose his protection. They were both killed.
Actually, the Pope has nothing do with the rest of the stories on this page except Paul Crouch, of TBN, had his picture taken with one.