Category: Church Corruption

Corruption in religious organizations

By William Steele I was invited to help at a college and seminary of the Presbyterian Church in Korea. I went on a recent Monday to visit. I do not feel free to be of help to that college. They lack financial transparency. When institutions do not report in detail their audited finances, there is […]

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Scandals and corruption, Yoido mega-church pastor sentenced

The congregation is one of the richest and best-known of the South Korean capital. Its leader, David Yonggi Cho, found guilty of fraud to the tune of 9 million Euros. His son, former chairman of the Yeongsan Christian Cultural Center, sentenced to 3 years in prison. Seoul ( AsiaNews) – After a lengthy investigation and […]

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Seoul, a film about corruption in Christian churches asks ‘Where are you going?’

“Quo Vadis” was written and directed by a renowned Korean director, son of a Christian clergyman. The movie slams illegal business transactions, nepotism, corruption and hunger for power within megachurches that are no longer places of worship. Called to task in the movie, targeted Protestant Churches try to boycott the projections and announce legal action. […]

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[Editorial] The shameful reality of South Korean Protestant megachurches

The southeast Seoul presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Korea, one of South Korea’s largest Protestant orders, approved a motion on Oct. 24 to invite Rev. Kim Ha-na of Myungsung Church, located in the Myeongil neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangdong district, to take over as head pastor. This marks the end of the order’s legal procedures […]

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South Korea: Church’s Embezzlement Case Draws Harsh Criticism

In South Korea, an embezzlement case involving the country’s largest church has fueled public debate online. Citizens, pointing out the Korean Protestant church’s corruption and its neglect of public duties, have even suggested lifting the tax exemption granted to churches. Korea is not a Christian nation, neither historically nor demographically, but the religion’s influence can be felt […]

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South Korea church scandals under spotlight in new film

Catholic corruption and sex abuse allegations have made global headlines for years. Now a new film shines a spotlight on scandals at South Korea’s vast and politically powerful Protestant churches. South Koreans are enthusiastic religious believers, with 44 percent practising or considering themselves religious, according to state data. Protestants are the largest group, followed by […]

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How corruption scandals are driving young Christians away from megachurches—and conservative politics

The Rise of Café Churches in South Korea How corruption scandals are driving young Christians away from megachurches—and conservative politics By Jason Strother The electronic keyboard and acoustic guitar kicked in as the junior minister opened this past Sunday’s service with a public prayer. He spoke in a rapid-fire cadence as the 20 members of the […]

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Vatican cardinal faces corruption inquiry over Rome property deals

Catholic church dragged into public works scandal that has sent shockwaves through Italian government Tom Kington in RomeSun 20 Jun 2010 22.24 BST A senior Vatican cardinal is under investigation for corruption, dragging the Catholic church into a public works scandal that has sent shockwaves through the Italian government. Italian media reported today that Cardinal Crescenzio […]

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Senior Italian cardinal accused of corruption

A leading Italian Catholic cardinal and an ex-government minister are under investigation for corruption. Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the archbishop of Naples, previously ran the department that co-ordinates the Vatican’s foreign missions. He is accused of colluding with Pietro Lunardi, a former transport minister, to offer cut-price property deals. He says he will co-operate with the […]

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Pope vows to fight corruption but sees it as uphill struggle

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday that he is determined to root out corruption in the Catholic Church but that he is not overly optimistic because it is a centuries-old human problem. In an interview with the Italian news agency AdnKronos, Francis also said he listens to his […]

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