(TMU) — This week, in a St Louis courtroom, a 74-year-old Catholic priest pled guilty to molesting two young boys between the years of 1991 and 1994. According to testimony given in the case, the priest, Frederick Lenczycki, even made the children dress up as baby Jesus before he violated them.
Lenczycki is due to be sentenced for his crimes on August 15th.
Victims told the court that Lenczycki would dress them as the baby Jesus, telling the boys and their parents that they were going to be in some type of religious pageant. However, these pageants never took place. Instead, they were an excuse for Lenczycki to to be alone with the children while having them participate in his roleplaying fantasies. The assaults reportedly occurred while he was chaplain of DePaul Health Center in St. Louis.
This is not the first time Lenczycki has been accused of sexually assaulting children. In fact, he previously spent five years in prison after admitting to sexually abusing three other young boys in Chicago during the 1980s.
Lenczyki has admitted to abusing up to 30 boys across Illinois, Missouri and California over the course of 25 years.
According to the Saint Louis Dispatch, in 2008, Lenczycki was the first former clergy member committed under Illinois’ Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act, which allows prosecutors to seek commitment in a state facility for sex offenders they believe will hurt more people.
Randy Kanaday, one of the people traumatized by Lenczycki as a child, said he is relieved to finally see justice:
“I am so relieved that justice finally didn’t give up on me. For all those years, people looked the other way, it felt like. And now, finally, something’s being done.”
Richard Sipe, a psychotherapist and psychiatrist assistant in the state of Maryland, who was professed as a Benedictine monk in 1953 and ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1959, conducted an extensive report on the history of sexual abuse within the church. Sipe’s research showed that high ranking members of the Catholic Church were aware of pedophilia within their ranks since at least the 1950s. His report detailed a long list of cases that go back decades, many of which were covered up by the church.
According to a PBS report last year, many of the victims to come forward in an investigation of Pennsylvania churches showed that some of the victims were now in their 70s and 80s.
Last year, the Catholic Church was caught paying off a lobbying firm to “persuade” politicians into blocking bills related to sex crimes against children. Between 2007 and 2015, the Catholic Church in New York spent more than 2.1 million dollars lobbying on various bills, mostly related to sex offenses.
Earlier this year, former Pope Benedict had the audacity to blame the Catholic Church’s string of pedophilia scandals on the sexual revolution of the 1960s. In an open letter, the former pope said that the changes ushered in by the 1960s destroyed morality and created a world where “there could only be relative moral judgments.” He went on to say that this culture has infected the priesthood and is causing them to act immorally.
The 91-year-old man was apparently unable to tell the difference between consensual sexual relationships and forced sexual activity with a child who is too young to give consent.
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.