Thieves Rob Detroit-Area Chaldean Church–But Camera Catches All

St Thomas Chaldean Church

Three men robbed St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church in West Bloomfield, Michigan on the morning after Easter, when there was an unusually large amount of cash on hand--but all three criminals were caught on surveillance video, and chances are that they'll be caught soon. The Chaldean News reports that the men first visited the St. Thomas Grotto, located at the rear of the church, at about 2:40 a.m. on Monday, April 6.  According to their report:Video surveillance shows two of the men ente … [Read more...]

Will Wrongly Convicted Fr. Gordon MacRae Finally Go Free?

Father Gordon J. MacRae may finally be freed soon, after serving more than twenty years in prison.  Father MacRae, whose story is told on the blog These Stone Walls, has long been believed to be innocent of the alleged crimes for which he was convicted in 1994.  This week, though, he will be back in court--where his case will be reviewed with fresh eyes.The clergy abuse scandal was fresh in the news, and there was a lot of anger toward the Church when Father MacRae was accused of sexual as … [Read more...]

Fellowship of Faith and Fraud: Mortgage Scam With a Religious Hook

A Detroit man faces some serious prison time for victimizing people who are facing foreclosure.  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today that 53-year-old Anthony Carta has been convicted of seven felonies associated with his formation of a faith-based mortgage assistance scam, Freedom By Faith Ministries.Carta pleaded guilty on Monday to seven charges that he accepted money from his victims, but did nothing to help them find a solution to their foreclosure cr … [Read more...]