More Priestly Misconduct: The Cross-Dressing Priest Who Laundered Meth Money Through His Adult Bookstore…

What???

A former Roman Catholic priest from Connecticut has fallen from grace after being indicted on charges that he was part of an alleged cross-country crystal methamphetamine drug ring.  Former Monsignor Kevin Wallin, 61, of Waterbury, who was the pastor of the St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport for nearly a decade, was one of five people indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday for allegedly transporting methamphetamine from Connecticut to California.  Also charged were Kenneth Devries, 52, of Waterbury; Michael Nelson, 40, of Manchester; Chad McCluskey, 43, of San Clemente, Calif.; and Kristen Laschober, 47, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.  Wallin was also charged with six counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine since September, according to court documents.

And adding to the horror-

In addition, investigators suspect that Wallin may have owned an adult video shop in North Haven called Land of Oz that he allegedly used the store to launder the money he earned selling drugs, according to court documents.  The Diocese of Bridgeport released a statement saying that Wallin resigned as pastor of the Bridgeport parish in 2011, citing health and personal issues, and was granted a sabbatical.  The diocese said that Wallin’s “faculties for public ministry were suspended in May 2012, and he has not been reassigned.”  Despite that, the diocese continued to pay him a stipend until he was arrested on Jan. 3, the Connecticut Post reported.

What????  Good grief what seediness.  And even more bizarrely- as the reports below indicate- the priest was also fond of cross -dressing…  It’s the trifecta of depravity.

Tell Me Again Why These Folk Should Be Allowed a Gun….

Do we really want people this dim to be able to carry guns?

Gun Appreciation Day hasn’t gotten off to such a great start: two people were shot in Raleigh, North Carolina after a gun accidentally discharged at a safety check point before the show. Both victims were taken to a hospital immediately and the fire department shut down the show for the rest of the day.  Officials at The Dixie Gun and Knife Show called emergency crews to the scene at 1 PM Saturday. A witness told WRAL that the victims were one man and one woman. The man was hit in the hand, according to the victim’s report, and the woman in the side.

Here’s your sign, gun toters, here’s your sign…

And Jim West Wept…

I opened Logos today to and this is what appeared…

weptAnd Jim wept…  And this right on the heels of the announcement of NT Wright’s essays… oh woe is me, for I am undone.  For I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean readings.  Alas… alas….  I love Logos but some of their choices for inclusion mystify me (though I can understand Wright being added- sure, fine- but Driscoll????  What next, Rick Warren?).  Alas….

The Amazingly Gracious Emidio Campi

Emeritus Professor at the University of Zurich and perhaps one of the world’s leading scholars of the Reformation (along with Peter Opitz and Christian Moser and Herman Selderhuis) has generously sent along these volumes- for which I here thank him publicly-

These are fantastic resources for the study of the Reformation.  So very, very appreciative of Prof. Campi’s generosity.

Boy Takes Gun To School… And He’s 7… And it’s Loaded… And His Mom is Arrested

A mother has been arrested in the US after her seven-year-old son went to school with a handgun and live ammunition in his backpack, potentially because he was afraid of bullies. The school in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, was placed on lockdown after the weapon, a .22 calibre handgun, and up to 20 rounds of ammunition were discovered. Students were told to turn off the classroom lights and hide behind the teacher’s desk until the weapon was secured.

The boy’s mother, Deborah Farley, 53, was later arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and other weapons-related crimes. It is not clear whether the boy knew that the weapon was in his bag when he set off for Wave Preparatory Elementary School on Thursday morning. WABC News in New York reported that Ms Farley told detectives during questioning that she put the weapon in her son’s bag and forgot about it. But the boy’s father told the New York Daily News that his son had likely taken the weapon to school to fend off bullies.

Guns, guns, everywhere. The NRA is dancing in the streets.

If You Needed More Evidence that Emmanuel Blew It When It Forced Chris Rollston Out…

Here it is:  Chris’s tribute to his students there-

A Tribute to Emmanuel Students:

From my perspective, life brings many things, some welcome, some not, some good, some not. Such is the ebb and flow of human existence, I believe. This first week at George Washinton University was absolutely marvelous, at a number of levels. At this juncture, though, I wish to pause for a moment and emphasize strongly, and with heartfelt emotion, that I am deeply grateful for the honor it was to teach so many wonderful graduate students at Emmanuel during the course of the past decade (and all of you were truly quite wonderful).

I sincerely hope that our paths cross often in the future and please know that all of you will always be part of the tableau of my life for which I am thankful. I will not forget you. Not ever.

Please be well, flourish, and please keep in touch. I love to research and write, but I am never more alive than when I am teaching. I will miss all of you. And….please also know that my dearest friend on the Emmanuel campus, Dr. Jason Bembry, has mentioned today to me that he’s going to keep the “free coffee tradition” alive within the Old Testament area….I hope that you will visit him often….and drink a cup for me as well! Le-Hayim.

Chris Rollston.

And Emmanuel found fault with him?  That speaks volumes about the school.