[UPDATED:] Benny Hinn Goes On Air to Counter Estranged Wife
"Pastor Benny Hinn and his immediate family were shocked and saddened to learn of this news without any previous notice. Although Pastor Hinn has faithfully endeavored to bring healing to their relationship, those efforts failed and were met with the petition for divorce that was filed without notice."
Actually, it shouldn't have been a surprise, based on the actual court papers his wife filed. Citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, they reveal the couple separated on Jan. 26 and note that Hinn lives separately in Dana Point while Suzanne and one of their daughters split time between Dana Point and Murrietta, where they reside with Suzanne's mother and another woman. The filing adds that Suzanne Hinn has been living this way for the past three years.
Binny Hinn Ministries is headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, but it operates a church and television studio in Aliso Viejo. The ministry website shows Hinn is scheduled to participate in the 5 p.m. March 1 taping of the TBN Telethon at the Costa Mesa Trinity Broadcasting Network studio of his televangeling pals, Paul and Jan Crouch. Hinn has been a TBN regular for years.
His "Miracle Crusades" include spiritual healings, and his advocacy of "prosperity gospel" has attracted millions of followers and hundreds of millions of dollars.
Watchdog groups have criticized Hinn for his lavish lifestyle, and he is one of six televangelists under investigation by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) on the Senate Banking Committee over whether Benny Hinn Ministries complied with IRS rules for nonprofits.