Calvary Chapel's Mothership Connection

Are Potato State perverts threatening the church's OC base?

But the lawyers are facing an unassuming buzz saw in Idaho attorney Leander James, who recently helped negotiate a $166 million settlement between the Northwest Jesuits and sex-abuse victims.

"I don't think my clients have an absurd case," James told the Weekly. Instead, he argued, what's absurd is that a church would allegedly affiliate itself with a known predator. "Our allegation is that [Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa] is in essence a parent organization that has a duty and responsibility to Calvary Chapel churches and their congregants and their children," he said.

The extent of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa's legal responsibility may come down to the laws in each state, says Kelly Clark, a Portland, Oregon-based attorney and advocate for child-abuse victims. The issue is whether the law provides accountability for the organization for whom the alleged perpetrator was working, he says, and whether the organization had the ability to control his actions.

Calvary Chapel's clusterfuck is even more complicated because of its loosely threaded network of congregations that fly the mothership's logo, yet say they are not agents of Smith's church, concludes Clark. "The church gets all the benefits of the good priests," he reasons. "Why don't they have to pick up the wreckage when it goes bad?"

 

This article appeared in print as "Mothership Connection: Is Calvary Chapel's hands-off approach to local churches under threat by a pervert pastor in the Potato State?"

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Mexifukinfornia
Mexifukinfornia

Its real simple folks.  Pray For the innocent children, not On them!!!!!!!!   Idiots.  I can't wait to see them trying to buy their way into heaven.  Especially the empowered fondlers of Newport Beach.  Their tithe is more important than their own truth.  Get the BBB to make them take their crosses down!!  Its false advertising.  Maybe have a sign saying "Kid wreckers" or "Church of Fraud".   The topical cure for pedophilia in the church doesnt come from an-ointment! 

Streets
Streets

Unfortunely every organization has it's good and bad....we expect more from the church, as we do Law Enforcement and both lately seem to be letting us down.....but with so much in the press about these predators and many of them using the church, to prey on innocents, where are the parents in this? Why do parents continue to trust strangers, weather they be from the church, a sports organization, or boy scouts...why do these stupid parents give trust to any strangers? Shame on you you stupid sheep for allowing anyone to think for you, and to prey on youre children!!!

Chris Roth
Chris Roth

Religion never surprises me when it comes to pedophiles

Billyjoelmartin
Billyjoelmartin

Yes I believe the victims off these crimes should first get to knock the fucken shit out of these so called pastors or ministers than sue the church for every dime they have

Billyjoelmartin
Billyjoelmartin

Yes wasn't it tbn just months ago caught ripping off the flock now its calvery who the fuck can we trust

toledo flowers
toledo flowers

kids in Thailand do this all the time," adding in reference to masturbation, "One kid pretended it was like driving a stick shift."

Puff
Puff

As a denomination Calvary Chapel is wildly, foaming at the mouth, bulging eyes homophobic. When it comes to pedophilia, not so much. What a bunch of dysfunctional loons.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

And the cartoon picture that you used in the article depicts Justice as being blind therefore there is no justice in the courts unless the judge rules against the religious nutballs that have the lawyers behind them that are nothing more than appointed judges and the judges are nothing more than lawyers in black robes because they are the magistrates that think they have rules over your lives. They do not own your body. "Speak and seek the truth and it will set you free". "If you hear of or see something that is done in secret then scream it from the rooftops for it will be heard".

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

I have a way better idea, unless you are a Christian and you like or love to follow the edicts of a bunch of people that are hypocrites that try to lead your life for you then ignore them, necause they are just that hypocrites as Jesus Christ told his diciples that they were when he stated: "I tell you the truth "All of the people that teach in the synagogues (churches) and on the streets are hypocrites because they like and even love to stand in those very places and pray out loud to be seen by men and to garner attention to themselves". "Do not associate yourselves with such people". They are the ones that had the Jewish Temple destroyed. Jesus was an insurrectionist and upset the higharchy so much that they sought to have him killed and they eventually got the job done when they crucified him. These religious leaders of today do not know the real truth because there are over 550+ religions in the world today and religion will not save you. Jesus was/is agnostic.

 
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