MA: Holy Grounds Coffee House manager resigns; failed to register as a convicted sex offender

Anti-gay pastor Scott Lively was drawing young truants to his Springfield, MA coffeehouse, promising to bring his brand of homophobic spirituality to the town. One problem with pious, hateful “Christians” like Lively is the oh-too-hilarious ignorance/foolishness regarding background checks for employees, thinking anyone professing to be a believer is, ahem, honest and trustworthy. BZZZZT FAIL. On an epic scale.

Michael J. Frediani, 38, “has resigned from his volunteer position as a manager of the coffee house and we have accepted his resignation,” said Scott Lively, who is pastor of Redemption Gate Mission Society which owns and operates the coffee house. The site also serves as a church with worship services and Bible study, and visitors to the coffee house, since opening in October, have included students from the nearby High School of Commerce.

Frediani was convicted in 1996 of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in New York state, and served more than two years in prison. He is listed as a Level 3 (high risk) sexual offender in that state and as a Level 2 (moderate risk) offender in Massachusetts.

Frediani had identified himself as Michael Free and as a born again Christian in an earlier interview by The Republican. Police said Michael Free is an alias.

The ministry’s board “is unanimous in supporting his claim to be a changed man,” Lively said.

Read up on this debacle:

  • Jan. 13: Lively says he didn’t know his manager is a convicted sex offender
  • Jan. 13: Police arrest manager of Holy Grounds Coffee House as unregistered sex offender
  • Jan. 10: Lively says students prohibited from coffee shop during school hours
  • Jan. 7: Springfield officials worry Holy Grounds coffee shop attracts truants
  • Pam’s House Blend – Front Page

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    This Week In Holy Crimes

    Over the last seven days…

    Texas: Pastor Earl Post arrested for stalking a teenage girl.
    New York: Rabbi Victor Koltun pleads not guilty to ordering the murders of two men. Koltun was previously sentenced to five years for mail fraud.
    Connecticut: Pastor David Pomales and his children arrested in church brawl.
    Bangladesh: Imam Afsar Ali arrested in connection with the death of a woman who was publicly caned for adultery.
    Kansas: Pastor Mark Holick arrested for attempting to force gospel tracts upon Muslims exiting a mosque.
    Italy: Court upholds the seizure of M in Vatican assets used to launder money for the mafia. The Vatican claims it’s all a “misunderstanding.”
    Texas: Pastor Sandra McGriff arrested for burglary after cops apprehended her stealing two fur coats from the home of a church member. Police also found three purses and a laptop in McGriff’s Jaguar.
    California: Father Joseph McCabe denied bail pending extradition to Ireland on numerous counts of child molestation.
    Texas: Pastor Ivory McDaniels charged with multiple counts of sexual assaults on female minors.
    Ireland: Report shows Dublin Archdiocese transferred Father Tony Walsh to cover up numerous sexual assaults on boys and girls. The church never reported Walsh to the police.
    Iowa: Pastor Timothy Parker sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual assault on a child.
    Bolivia: Father Jose Ochua sentenced to 22 years in prison for sexually abusing at least 19 children in an orphanage.

    This Week’s Winners
    Ireland: A newly released report shows that five Catholic priests formed an informal molesters network in which they enabled one another’s crimes by providing rooms in which to commit the attacks and by organizing group excursions with their victims. The report is the first to show that the five accused priests all knew each other and worked together.

    Joe. My. God.

    —  admin

    This Week In Holy Crimes

    Over the last seven days…

    New York: Monsignor Charles Kavanagh has been defrocked after being found guilty of child molestation by a three-priest Catholic tribunal. He is the highest-ranked New York priest so judged and has not faced criminal charges.
    Oklahoma: Pastor Baron Hopgood arrested for embezzlement.
    Ireland: Father Oliver O’Grady charged with possessing thousands of child porn images.
    Ohio: Pastor Mark Griggs charged with more than 100 felony counts of possessing and distributing child porn.
    Britain: Monsignor Michael Smith arrested for child molestation.
    Colorado: Pastor Loren Ankarlo pleads guilty to multi-million dollar securities fraud.
    Ontario: Father Donald Grecco found guilty on 24 counts of molesting altar boys.
    Missouri: Father Gerald Howard indicted on three counts of forcible sodomy of a child. Howard was previously convicted of similar crimes in New Jersey under a different name.
    Ohio: Pastor Robert Jones fails to appear at his trial for brandishing a gun at a drive-thru bank teller.
    Ireland: Father Tony Walsh likely to have molested hundreds, according to a new report.
    Britain: Vicar Dominic Stone convicted of possessing child porn.
    Nevada: Pastor Joshua De Los Santos arrested for assaulting a member of a “competing” church for not being holy enough.
    Tennessee: Pastor David Hoschar indicted for possessing child porn.

    This Week’s Winner
    Georgia: Bishop Eddie Long, who is already facing lawsuits from four young men who accuse him of sexual coercion, has been linked to a massive mortgage fraud operation being run from his church. According to CBS Atlanta, thousands may have lost their homes after paying 00 during church seminars held by a company that promised to lower their house payments. CBS reports that the seminars are still being held.

    Joe. My. God.

    —  admin

    This Week In Holy Crimes

    Over the last seven days…

    Colorado: Pastor Joshua Amoroso charged with sexual assault of a 14 year-old girl.
    Germany: Report implicates more than 250 priests and staffers in child abuse scandal at school in archdiocese once headed by the Pope.
    Kentucky: Pastor Currie Pat Clark charged with 296 counts of sodomy of a 12 year-old boy.
    Georgia: Pastor Brian Richard Gray charged with 58 counts of child molestation, statutory rape, and sexual assault of a 15 year-old girl.
    New Jersey: Newspaper reveals documents proving Archbishop John Myers shielded at least four pedophile priests from prosecution.
    Michigan: Pastor Curtis Burkhardt charged with exposed his erection to an 11 year-old girl at a campground. Burkhardt has a previous conviction for the same crime with a 3 year-old.
    Australia: Father Brian Spillane found guilty on nine counts of molesting preteen girls. Spillane faces four more trials on 135 similar charges.
    Oklahoma: Pastor Baron Hopgood charged with fraud in 0K check-kiting scheme.
    Ontario: Father William Marshall charged with two counts of sexual assault. Marshall faces similar charges in several other cases.
    Ohio: Pastor David Thompson sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling more than M from his church.
    Britain: Father John Shannon convicted on 16 counts of producing child pornography.
    Texas: Pastor Terry Nesmith on trial for molesting 9 year-old girl.
    Australia: Father Kevin Philips pleads guilty to multiple counts of child molestation.

    This Week’s Winner
    New York: An unnamed Hasidic rabbi and his son have fled to Israel after being accused of sexually molesting at least four underage female relatives. At least two of the alleged victims are the rabbi’s daughters, once of whom says her father has been molesting her since the age of five. Two of the rabbi’s other sons were arrested in New York and charged with the sexual abuse and rape of their sisters. One of the arrested sons, age 15, is accused of molesting his 8 year-old sister. Police note that the rabbi and the escaped son were driven to the driven to the airport by the rabbi’s wife, who is his first cousin. The two have fourteen children and all names are being withheld to protect the victims.

    Joe. My. God.

    —  admin

    This Week In Holy Crimes

    Over the last seven days…

    Alabama
    : Pastor Carl Lloyd arrested for sodomizing a child.
    New York: Rabbi Yehuda Kolko arrested for violating order of protection against 12 year-old boy he’s accused of molesting.
    Japan: Buddhist priest Nobuaki Matsumoto busted for hiring middle-school age prostitute.
    Florida: Pastor Daniel Richard Robida charged with unlawful sexual acts with a child.
    Ireland: Father Raymond Brady charged with molesting ten boys.
    Missouri: Pastor Travis Ray Smith on trial for felony statutory rape and child molestation.
    Britain: Imam Hafiz Rahman found guilty of child molestation.
    Wisconsin: Father Robert Chukwu agrees to repay half of 0K he’s accused of embezzling from his parish.
    Virginia: Pastor Irwin Baldwin sentenced to 90 years in prison for soliciting sex from who he thought was a 13 year-old girl. Baldwin in 82.
    Britain: Father David Pearce charged with sexual assault on a child. Pearce is already in prison for similar charges.
    New Hampshire: Pastor Timothy Dillmuth found guilty of failing to report child molestation.
    Alaska: Pastor Shawn Justice found guilty on eight felony counts of sexual abuse of a child.
    Florida: Pastor Rodney McGill found guilty of swindling K in a church mortgage scam. McGill was found guilty of a similar crime last year.
    Manitoba: Orthodox Archbishop Kenneth William Storheim charged with two counts of sexual assault on unnamed persons.
    Indiana: Pastor Robert McFadden sentenced to four years in prison for sexual abuse of a 16 year-old girl.
    Pennsylvania: Father Geraldo Pinero suspended after feds raid his rectory to break up his online Ponzi schemes.

    This Week’s Winner
    Texas: Father John M. Fiala has been charged with hiring a hit man to murder the 12 year-old boy who has accused the priest of raping him at gunpoint. Police say Fiala offered 00 to an informant to murder the child. In a separate pending lawsuit the boy contends that Fiala’s diocese had attempted to cover up his accusations of molestation.

    Joe. My. God.

    —  admin

    This Week In Holy Crimes

    Over the last seven days…

    Virginia: Pastor J.P. Hale sentenced to six years in prison for indecent liberties with a child.
    Pennsylvania: Father Robert Timchak sentenced to six years in prison for possession of child pornography.
    North Carolina: Rev. Walter Donald Bradshaw arrested for the rape of an 11 year-old girl.
    South Carolina: Pastor David K. Love arrested for the murder of a parishioner.
    New York: Rabbi Milton Balkany convicted of extorting .5M from an investment fund.
    Missouri: Pastor Terry McDowell arrested for the rape of a girl he was babysitting.
    Washington: Pastor Steven Welty sentenced to 26 years to life in prison on six counts of child rape and incest. His youngest victim was four years old.
    Massachusetts: Father Keith LeBlanc charged with stealing K from his parish to pay his online porn bill.
    British Columbia: Hindu priest Karam Vir charged with sexual exploitation of a child.
    Virginia: Pastor Dennis Erb charged with child molestation.
    Florida: Pastor Rodney McGill charged with investment fraud. From prison. Where he’s serving 20 years for the same crime.
    Georgia: Pastor Brian Gray charged with child molestation and burglary.
    Utah: Pastor Aaron Witcher charged with eight counts of rape of underage girls.
    Pennsylvania: Father Francis J. Drabiska resigns after confessing to robbing parish of undisclosed amount.
    New Brunswick: Court agrees to Catholic diocese’s request to shield amounts paid to victims of priest molestation.

    This Week’s Winner
    Kenya: Pastor Marcus Ondiegi has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the rape and HIV infection of an 11 year-old orphan girl. Ondiegi had told the child’s grandmother that unless he was allowed to pray over the child for one week, evil spirits would make her insane. Instead he raped the child nightly until she escaped.

    Joe. My. God.

    —  admin

    Catholics stepping up holy marriage war; our wholly non-war against faith to remain exact same

    Louisville, Kentucky’s Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ increased efforts against same-sex marriage:

    Archbishop Kurtz said 4,500 copies of a DVD “Made for Each Other,” and its accompanying education materials had been distributed around the country, and other materials are in development aimed at teaching children. He also announced that there are plans to hire a full-time staff adviser at the USCCB on marriage and family

    Archbishop Kurtz: A ‘Roe Moment’ for Marriage? [National Catholic Register]

    Well first off: We don’t know what the 1939 Carole Lombard/Jimmy Stewart classic Made For Each Other

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    …has to do with faith-based resistance to civil marriage. But okay, whatever. We learn about Catholics from Dominique and The Sound of Music, so we do know how invaluable Turner Classic Movies can be.

    But no, what we really wanna focus on is the materials they’re sending out to teach kids. Because what are these folks always saying about us? That we indoctrinate children. That we recruit. That we try to capture the young minds when they are young and malleable. Yet here we have the Catholic Church doing just that. Proudly. Unapologetically. And of course whereas our efforts to educate youth are all based on a casual, benign, instinctual acceptance of the world’s population for what it truly is, the Catholic Church’s effort is all about telling kids that certain, cherry-picked faith condemnations have cast millions of the world’s creatures into the realm of sin, where celibacy is the best hope for a happy life. Sorry, but that kind of teaching is the very definition of indoctrination (whether you agree with it or not)!

    Archbishop Kurtz says he is so concerned about this, at this time, “today is like 1970 for marriage”:

    “If you had seen Roe v. Wade coming three years out, what would you have done differently?”

    Our answer: We would’ve given thanks for being born into a country with a co-equal branch of government that, like all branches of government, are to be separated from personal faith-based whims or unfair impediments that are drummed up a motivated majority. Then we would’ve drug our bell-bottomed booties back to our Tang and first-run “Brady Bunch” episode. And we’d hope that fair-minded Americans of 2010 would do the exact same of us (except with skinny cords, Red Bull, and “Glee”)




    Good As You

    —  admin

    This Week In Holy Crimes

    Over the last seven days…

    Washington: Pastor Greg Scott Glover arrested for stealing oxycontin from the home of an elderly parishioner. She busted him with a hidden camera.
    Ireland: Father Brendan Wrixon charged with sexual assault of a teenage boy.
    Ontario: Reverend Paul Hartig charged with felony theft for stealing from his own church.
    California: Pastor Dino Cardelli arrested for molesting a 13 year-old girl. Cardelli was already charged with molesting another child.
    Ontario: Father William Marshall to be tried for molesting more than 15 boys. Marshall is 88.
    Florida: Pastor Michael Campbell charged with molesting an underage girl in his church’s hearse.
    North Carolina: Pastor Robert Lee McQueen sentenced to 14 years in prison for dealing heroin.
    Michigan: Pastor Stephen Sparks charged with embezzling over M from church and family members.
    New Mexico: Pastor Matthew Nichols pleads guilty to distributing child porn. Nichols was his church’s youth minister and was previously convicted of criminal solicitation of a minor.
    Ontario: Father Dale Crampton commits suicide following M lawsuit by molestation victim. Crampton was convicted of molesting seven altar boys during the 1980s.

    This Week’s Winner
    Indiana: Pastor Vaughn Reeves is on trial for orchestrating a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme built around investments supposedly meant for church construction. Reeves and his three sons are accused of bilking more than 11,000 people by luring them into buying 0M worth of property bonds. Allegedly the four paid off early investors with the money of others while stealing millions for themselves to purchase mansions, luxury vehicles, and a plane. The pastor and his sons face over 40 felony counts of securities fraud.

    Joe. My. God.

    —  John Wright

    This Week In Holy Crimes

    Over the last seven days…

    Pennsylvania: Pastor Arthur Schirmer arrested for the murder of his wife. Schirmer is also suspected of having killed his first wife nine years ago.
    Ontario: Father Kenneth Gibbs sued by five women for sexually abusing them as children. Last year Gibbs was convicted on eight counts of sexual assault.
    Michigan: Pastor William Bendert arrested for attempting to have sex with a woman and her 11 year-old daughter. Bendert told the female undercover officer that he had lots of experience “training” young girls about sex.
    Dominican Republic: Pastor Daniel Vasquez arrested for molesting 30 boys.
    New Jersey: Father Charles P. Granstrand accused of child molestation.
    Iowa: Rev. Timothy Parker confesses to child molestation of a female relative.
    Britain: Pastor Malcolm Hoare on trial for molesting an 11 year-old girl.
    Florida: Pastor Robert Riddle pleads no contest to embezzling 0K from his church.
    Ontario: Father Alex Castillo accused of child molestation by two brothers.
    Virginia: Pastor Jennifer Michelle Brennan convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child.
    Belgium: Father Eric Dejaeger may be extradited to Canada to face charges of child molestation. Dejaeger has been a fugitive since 2002.

    This Week’s Winner
    California: Pastor Dino Cardelli has been arrested on multiple felony counts of sexual assault on a child under age 14. The victim is Cardelli’s adopted daughter. His wife Nancy learned of the abuse in January of this year and committed suicide in March without reporting the attacks to police. Cardelli, who is being held in lieu of 0K bail, was an early proponent of Proposition 8 and signed Protect Marriage’s vow to fight same-sex unions in California. Cardelli has been scrubbed from his church’s website, but the Wayback Machine tells us that God personally told him to start his church. “During this visit, the Lord confirmed to Pastor Dino and his wife, Nancy, that He was calling them to start and Pastor the Calvary Chapel of Arcata.” On his Facebook page, Cardelli is a member of Protect Marriage and the NOM affiliate One Man-One Woman. He faces 16 years in prison. Prosecutors have argued against lowering his bail, saying Cardelli has told family members he is prepared to flee to Canada with his victim.

    Joe. My. God.

    —  John Wright

    This Week In Holy Crimes

    Over the last seven days…

    California: Pastor Leonel Pelayo charged with sexual assault of a 14 year-old girl.
    Ottawa: Father Robin Barrett convicted of possessing tens of thousands of child porn videos and images.
    Florida: Pastor
    Steven Rowe charged with molesting four students at the Christian middle school where he is headmaster.
    Texas: Father Chester W. King arrested for lewd behavior in a public park.
    California: Pastor Carlton F. Hammonds on trial for sexual assault of two teenagers.
    Florida: Pastor Gregory Sims pleads guilty to embezzling 0K from the union benefit fund he managed and funneling the loot to his church.
    Britain: Reverend Alex Brown sentenced to four years in prison for conducting 360 sham marriages between EU citizens and undocumented immigrants. Each couple paid up to £15,000 for Brown to marry them.
    Louisiana: Father Alejandro Flores convicted of child molestation.
    Connecticut: Father Martin Federici sued by convicted rapist who claims his molestation at Federici’s hands turned him into a sexual predator.
    Massachusetts: Father Thomas M. Curran once again accused of child molestation after being cleared by his Archdiocese in 2007.

    This Week’s Winner
    Belgium: An independent commission has released a report documenting the cases of over 500 victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests and officials of the Belgian Catholic Church. Two-thirds of the victims are male and 13 suicides are linked to the assaults. Cardinal Godfried Danneels this week admitted wrongdoings and apologized for the cover-up. Belgium has no law requiring church officials to report sexual crimes to the police.

    Joe. My. God.

    —  John Wright