34:8-9 “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord,
because My flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered
and has become food for all the wild animals, and because My
shepherds did not search for My flock but cared for
themselves rather than for My flock, therefore, O shepherds,
hear the word of the Lord: This is what the Sovereign Lord
says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them
accountable. I will remove them from tending the flock so
that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will
rescue My flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be
food for them.”
Another raving wolves scandal in the modern day
church. We shouldn’t be surprised, but outraged,
especially when we have been witnessing and reporting
outside this notorious abortion mill in
the shepherds, or better known as “wolves”, accompanying
or forcing the women in their churches to get rid of any
evidence of their sin. It is the Uriah syndrome of our day,
the sin of fornication and adultery. We are looking squarely
everyday in the faces of the unfortunate products of this
Just the other day, Friday, we stood in the alley and
witnessed a SUV with “MINISTER
1” on it’s personalized plates pull onto the parking
lot with a young girl. We inquired what church he was with.
He responded, “Word
of Life in
.” We then gave him heaven as he stood in line. “How
can a man of God take a pregnant woman into an abortion
mill? What Bible are you reading from?” He just stood
there smiling. “Haven’t
you heard of the Ten Commandments? Thou shalt not kill?”
We then pointed out the fact that it was the 40th
anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.
“He died fighting
for Black Americans’ civil rights. Where is that baby’s
civil rights? You share in the bloodguilt. You are
assassinating your baby. You are killing off your race.” He
just smiled and waved as he walked inside. They never came
back out during our watch.
It’s sickening to face this sin and the hypocrisy in the
Church today. We have confronted many a pastor or priest
bringing girls for abortions. Some are so bold or just plain
stupid as they bring them in their marked church vans.
Evidently, they fear man more than God. They don’t stand
on Biblical teachings and they tolerate and participate in
sin. The poverty of morality has only added to the climbing
murder rate in our nation.
We are refusing to deal with the decadence and
immorality in our pulpits and we are reaping it in the
streets and sowing it in the womb. Over 50 million and no
end in sight and we, the Church of Jesus Christ, don’t
even blush. This is what happens when a man is out of line.
His priorities are distorted and his loins rule his mind.
His sacred cow is cash, and his lust for flesh and pride
rule his office and position with the Lord. Instead of
fasting and praying, they are fleecing and playing. God
speaks a word when He tells us He “will
hold those shepherds accountable.”
Who is most responsible for the sin of abortion in
our nation? We need only look in the mirror.
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says priest coerced her abortion
BY BRIAN BRUEGGEMANN
Edwardsville woman claims in a lawsuit that she became
pregnant after having sex with a Catholic priest and had an
abortion at his suggestion.
The woman, Holly Force, could not be reached for comment.
Her lawyer, David E. Leefers, of
, declined comment. Force and her husband, Christopher, are
listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed this
The priest, the Rev. Thomas R. Szydlik, who has not been
charged with any crime in connection with the allegation,
did not return a call seeking comment. The Roman Catholic
Diocese of Peoria, in a prepared statement, said Szydlik
"vehemently and adamantly denies" the allegations
but has voluntarily stepped down from ministry until the
matter is resolved. Also named as defendants are the
Catholic Diocese of Peoria and diocese officials.
In her complaint, Holly Force claims Szydlik began
pursuing a relationship with her in 2004 while she attended
a church in
, where he was working.
The complaint states the Forces later left
and moved to Edwardsville to distance themselves from
Szydlik, but he also began living in Edwardsville in 2006.
Holly Force's complaint alleges that she and the priest
had sex in April 2006 that was "nonconsensual on her
part" and resulted in pregnancy. When she told Szydlik
the following month that she was pregnant, he told her he
wanted to leave the priesthood and marry her, according to
the complaint. But in July 2006, Szydlik told her he wanted
to remain a priest, and that "if there is not a baby,
there is not a problem," the complaint states.
Force alleges she had an abortion in July 2006 "due
to coercion by Szydlik," according to the complaint. It
claims the priest manipulated her by telling her their
actions were "God's intent."
The diocese lists Szydlik as a priest at Immaculate
Conception parish in Nauvoo. He was ordained in 2003.
The diocese, in its statement issued Thursday, said
Bishop Daniel Jenky is "very saddened by any
allegations involving a priest or a married person breaking
Diocese Chancellor Patricia Gibson said Szydlik told the
bishop in March 2005 that he had feelings for a woman, but
that no vows had been broken. Szydlik asked then to be
transferred to a different parish.
In February 2006, Szydlik requested a leave of absence,
which was granted by the bishop. Szydlik then cut off
contact with the diocese, Gibson said.
In September 2006, Szydlik told the bishop his
relationship with the woman had ended, and asked that he be
allowed to return to active ministry. The bishop sent him to
a therapy program, and after five months, Szydlik was
allowed to return to ministry under supervision.
Gibson said the lawsuit resulted in Szydlik voluntarily
stepping down from ministry until it is resolved.
The diocese said in its statement: "The diocese did
act decisively on every occasion as further information was
brought forward. The diocese could not act on matters or
information that they were not aware of."
Contact reporter Brian Brueggemann at firstname.lastname@example.org