Pastor arrested for sexually assaulting people he was supposed to be counseling.

Pastor arrested for sexually assaulting people he was supposed to be counseling. September 24, 2013

A pastor has been caught abusing his position to sexually assault women.

An associate pastor at a Norwalk church was being held on $2 million bail Thursday after he was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting female parishioners, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Jorge Juan Castro, 53, was arrested Sept. 13 on six felony charges of rape, oral copulation and penetration by a foreign object.

Castro, who works as an associate pastor and counselor at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk, is accused of sexually assaulting more than 20 women, between the ages of 18 and 39, from Oct. 2004 to Sept. 2012, officials said.

“During that counseling session, he would perform certain acts with them in the name of God,” Sgt. Al Garcia told KNX 1070. The acts took place both at the church, and at the victims’ homes, he added.

What offends me isn’t that the guy was a pastor.  There is no real responsibility of a pastor to anybody’s well-being.  If a pastor prays, takes care of the church, talks about the bible, and takes 10% of every church member’s income (or more), then he can be considered a success as a pastor, even if they never make a serious difference in anybody’s life aside from doping them up on fantasy once per week.

But counselors?  Their job is to look after the well-being of the people they’re counseling.  That is the sole purpose for which a counselor is employed.  That is why people who are suffering go to a counselor.  To have people fed to you in their moment of weakness by adopting the label of counselor only to make their lives worse is extra deplorable.

Oh, and religion doesn’t make anybody a better person.  Where do your morals come from?  Not from believing that no matter how terrible I am that I’m immediately forgiven before I actually do anything meaningful to atone.  And no, believing a guy rose from the dead 2,000 years ago is not something meaningful to atone.  It’s irrelevant.  That belief changes absolutely nothing.  If you bump into a child and knock over their ice cream cone, don’t say to the child “good thing I believe in Jesus, so I’m square in the grand scheme of things…ahhhhh, how good it feels to be forgiven”.  That doesn’t do shit for redeeming you.  Instead apologize and go buy the kid another ice cream.  A good person works to make things better, not to just avoid any type of consequence for doing shitty things – which is exactly the moral message of Christianity.

You don’t need religion to feel guilt about creating pain, whether the pain was created intentionally or not.  You don’t need religion for empathy.  And if you lack empathy, or you don’t have issues with cruelty, nothing will serve as a better disguise than a single cross around your neck and lugging a bible around with you.  Hell, go for broke and wear a clerical collar.  It won’t make you a good person, and it makes me sick to my stomach when legions of the faithful insist that it does.

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